IIIA - Engagement
Welcomes and encourages every family to become active participants in the classroom and school community.
The early and regular involvement of parents and guardians in students' academic life can be a powerful tool and an asset to any teacher. I make it a point to engage families regularly in a variety of ways:
1. Direct personal communication with parents via email or phone calls.
2. Mass emails sent to all students and parents in a particular class (as and if needed)
3. Monthly class syllabus (a class-specific monthly planner that lists, day-by-day, everything we do in the class,
including all homework, tests/quizzes, reading, projects, papers, etc.)
4. Parent-Teacher conferences
5. Progress reports (made especially for each student and sent home when necessary)
6. Regularly update ASPEN online grade-book (more than once a week usually), so parents can monitor students'
progress from home.
To the LEFT is an example of #1, direct personal communication with parents. Last spring and summer, I served as Program Coordinator for the Summer ELA Academy, which served 49 incoming 9th grade students. I was tasked with contacting every parent of a Grade 9 student, many via telephone, informing them of the district's offering and building interest in the academy. The flyer to the LEFT was designed by me and disseminated to all Grade 9 students and parents.
To the RIGHT is an example of #1, direct personal communication via email. The email shown here was sent to a parent in response to their child's sudden drop in performance. I always make a serious effort to inform parents well before grades come out and with as much specific information as possible, so that we can hopefully work together to improve student behavior and performance. [names have been redacted]
To the LEFT is a Parent-Teacher Conference schedule from this evaluation cycle, where I met in person with parents to discuss expectations and observations about students.
[**MODELING NOTE: These communication strategies were modeled to AIC cohort colleagues during EDU 5618 - Professional Development and Professional Learning Communities.]