PARENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM SETS EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS
Student success is dependent on parent involvement and engagement, and in recent years research has shown a drop in parents who believe that intimate parent-teacher communication is effective.
Knowing this, schools are taking a hard look at solutions and incentives that can help bring parents and teachers back together.
The Florida Department of Education recently took note of a program offered at Coral Sunset Elementary by awarding the school the Family & Community Involvement Award for the elementary level in Region Five.
“We are thrilled,” principal Danielle Garcia said. “We’re a title one school and so it is especially important for us to restore parent’s confidence in their child’s education and we’ve been able to achieve that through this program.”
The school’s “Calling All Super Parents” program consists of training days designed to educate families on standards and skills being taught in the classroom. Parents travel to stations to become experts in social-emotional learning, attendance, test taking, and more.
Once they visit each station, families are entered in a raffle to win a donated item from the school’s business partners.
“The response was great and we had a lot more parents participating because of the incentives and how we advertised the events,” Garcia added.
“This is a perfect example of the community coming together to meet the needs of our students,” District Volunteer Coordinator Stacey Oak said. “At the end of the day, we are all here to support our students and if we can get parents to become more involved in their education, then it’s a win-win.”
The Department of Education awarded Coral Sunset with the recognition not only for being creative but for creating a program that can be easily replicated at schools throughout the state