At Colegio, we know how essential a parent connection is for all of the children we serve. Thank you for your willingness to be a meaningful partner in your child's education and an active member of our school community. As a parent who is deeply interested in his/her child's education, we recognize that there are many different ways to be involved and engaged.
We greatly appreciate both involvement and engagement in your child's education, and the research tells us that your efforts have an extraordinarily positive influence on:
Involvement looks like this: schools identifying projects and needs and then providing that information to parents for their use and ask for their support. Engagement is a bit different. With parent engagement, the school listens to the thoughts and ideas of parents and the school and parents work together on projects that are more of a collaboration. Both involvement and engagement are wonderful, and parents should participate at the level that is comfortable and manageable for them.
Dr. Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University, developed a well-known framework in the world of education that is useful for thinking about parental involvement. She identified and defined six types of parent involvement across a spectrum that include all levels of participation. Some parents are able to focus on one of the types, while others engage in multiple activities. Consider which types of involvement would be best for your family and your student, and make a plan to be connected with our community in the way that works for you!
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