Involving Parents in your LMS

Know what your students did in school without asking!


According to my teenage children they never learn anything in school, but I have access to their grades and assignments in canvas and know differently. Research proves that any parent invovlement increases student achievement.

Rockingham County Schools Since 2011:

  • 1:1 Chromebook
  • Canvas LMS
  • Paperless gradebook
  • Push for online/paperless assignments


  1. Enlisted staff support. EVERYONE
  2. Created a parent list serve.
  3. Advertise
  4. Multiple parent sessions at Multiple times of day
  5. Collect data
  6. Repeat
  7. Individual sessions as needed

Lessons Learned

  • The data caused it to spread to every high school in our district
  • 112 parent observers
  • +70% Student grades increased
  • Preparation is key - 1st day I had prepped for 20 we had 52 parents
  • Have online and hard copys of instructions
  • Parents wanted MORE sessions
  • Parents wanted teachers to be more transparent in grading and assignments

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