The ABC's of School-Family-Community Partnerships: A parent involvement guide for elementary school teachers

A Availability.  Make a list of times/days parents are able to contact you. 

B   Building a community.  Invite parents to come to open house to get to know other parents and children.

C   Communication.  Communicate with parents on a weekly basis. Send home letters, notes, and notebook logs.

D Dedication.  Teachers show dedication to all students to help them progress and grow as individuals.

E English as a second language awareness. Understand different languages spoken at home.  Send notices home in their language.  Make sure parents understand the school policies and procedures. Provide language translators to help assist families that speak another language.

F   Fairness and flexibility.  Give all parents a chance to be involved in the classroom. Create a sign up sheet with different times and dates so that parents can choose what date and time is best for them.

G Goals.  Involve parents in setting appropriate academic goals for their child. 

Homework Hotline and Help/Resources.  Provide parents with a homework hotline number to call or resources to use.  Allow parents to exchange phone numbers with other children’s parents in the classroom.

I    Involvement.  Get parents involved with PTA/PTO, school assemblies, committees, meetings, field trips, and fundraisers by  making them aware of specific programs and activities.

Jump.  Take time to encourage children to take part in recreation. 

Knowing expectations.  Make parents aware of school and district expectations as well as academic and behavioral expectations. 

Leadership.  Develop parent leaders.  Include parents in school decisions.

Monitor.  Encourage parents to monitor at home activities.  Limit television and computer times. Provide a set time for homework and enrichment activities.  Allow discussions during dinner time. 

N  Newsletters. Provide newsletters that include current events of the school and community.

OOpportunity.  Provide multiple opportunities for participation.

Policies and procedures.  Send home specific policies and procedures of the school day such as grading policies, discipline procedures, and awards.

Questions.  Provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions.

Recognize.  Recognize different cultures in the classroom.  Recognize different cultures practiced at home. Get to know your students and parents.  

S  Support systems and resources.  Provide programs that assist families with health, nutrition, and other services. 

Training.  Provide training such as GED, college credits or family literacy.

Understand the needs of parents and children. 

V  Volunteer time in community.

Workshops.  Provide workshops for parents to help parents support their children. Provide different resources

 Example.  Set an example for students and parents.  Send home homework examples.

 Youth Service Bureaus.  Provide after school programs for children.

 Zeal.  Show parents how to be enthusiastic about learning.