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Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community  • Strategies for including parents in school governance  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working ...

Acknowledging Volunteers
Acknowledging Volunteers

It is important to positively reinforce parents by acknowledging their role in the school. Parents and other family members volunteer their time to improve the quality of school life. Systemic methods should be in place that make volunteers feel welcome and demonstrate that their opinions and contributions are valued. Recognition is important because if volunteers do not feel appreciated, they will not stay involved. Acknowledgment does not require a major effort, but will have a major payoff.

The demonstration of appreciation needs to be a clearly stated school or district objective to ensure that it is not overlooked. Seek volunteer input to determine relevant and meaningful displays of appreciation.

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48 Catch individuals in the act of volunteering.

Use the school camera, a ...

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