Family & Community Engagement

Parent engagement is a shared responsibility among families, schools and communities in building partnerships to support children’s learning. Parents and guardians are a child’s first and most important teacher, and their role in ensuring that children are beginning kindergarten with the foundational skills they need to be successful is crucial for the future of education and economic development in Tennessee. Certain forms of family engagement, such as having high expectations and helping a child apply learning, are strong predictors of achievement. Important actions that parents can do are showing interest in homework and reading together as a family.

Many schools state that meeting families in their home is incredibly valuable for developing relationships with parents and maintaining consistent lines of open communication. Walking door-to-door to meet families in their home is very conducive in an urban setting with a high density school district. Having a bus tour stop at neighborhood gatherings, churches, and community centers where students and families are waiting to meet their teacher and receive school information is a beneficial strategy for a widespread rural school district.

All of us can benefit a child’s outcomes, so nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private corporations, and community members and neighbors can play a critical role in education reform by providing services, resources, and information. We all have a stake in student outcomes in Tennessee because an educated state is healthier, wealthier, and more employable.

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Last Update: January 15, 2015