Big Idea Tips and Do It Tips for School Improvement
BIT: School and classroom volunteer program to help teachers and administrators, students and other parents.
DIT: Enable families to share information about culture, background, children's talents and needs with schools.
DIT: Assure that all information for and from families is clear, usable, and linked to children's success in school.
DIT: Hols conferences with every parent at least once a year, with follow-ups as needed.
DIT: Have language translators assist families as needed.
DIT: Send weekly or monthly folders of student work home to be reviewed with parental comments returned to teacher.
DIT: Require parent and student pick-up of report card, with conferences on improving grades.
DIT: Have a regular schedule of useful notices, memos, phone calls, newsletters, and other communications.
DIT: Provide clear information on choosing schools, or courses, programs, and activities within schools.
DIT: Provide clear information on all school policies, programs reforms and transitions.
DIT: Review the readability, clarity, form, and frequency of all memos, notices, and other print and non-print communications.
DIT: Consider parents who do not speak English well, do not read well, or need large type.
DIT: Review the quality of major communications such as the schedule, content, and structure of conferences; newsletters; report cards and others.
DIT: Establish clear two-way channels for communications from home to school and school to home.
DIT: Involve families with their children in all important curricular related decisions. Provide information for families on skills required for students in all subjects at each grade. Provide information on homework policies and how to monitor, and discuss schoolwork at home.
DIT: Provide information on how to assist students to improve skills on various class and school assignments.
DIT: Provide a schedule of homework that requires students to discuss and interact with families on what they are learning in class (e.g., TIPS). Coordinate family linked homework activities, if students have several teachers. Design and organize a regular schedule of interactive homework (e.g., weekly or bimonthly) that gives students responsibility for discussing important things they are learning, and helps families stay aware of the content of their children's class work.
DIT: Provide calendars with activities for parents and students at home.
DIT: Provide for goal setting for students with families each year, and for future plans for college or work.