Top Ten Ways to Be Active in Your Child’s School

By Leslie M. Leslie, MassPAC Director

As a parent, you play a key role in your child’s education – you can help give them the best chance at success in learning by setting high expectations, making sure your child attends school every day, talking with your child about what they are learning and encouraging your child to complete homework and assignments. Maybe you can do more.

“When schools, families, and community groups
work together to support learning,
children tend to do better
in school, stay in
school longer, and like school more.”

From A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Henderson and Mapp – a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).

Research shows that when a family is involved with their child’s school, students do better and it is a strong factor in school performance. All families want what is best for their children and families can be a valuable resource for teachers. So take the steps this year to become more involved with your child’s school, everyone will benefit – even you!

All of the following activities begin with a verb – take action to learn more and help direct the future!

1. Join your school district PTA/PTO and SEPAC – be an active member
2. Attend school meetings/parent conferences/open houses
3. Get to know your child’s teacher – schedule a conference, write a note/email
4. Volunteer – even one day/one time, share your talents, be a Guest Speaker
5. Ask for details about school programs, activities, sports, clubs
6. Mentor a new parent or tutor a student
7. Organize a school activity or fund raising event
8. Chaperone a field trip or become a playground monitor
9. Organize an after-school club or interest group
10. Run for School Committee/School Site Council

For some additional resources, see Family Engagement in Every School for Every Child: