The Center for School Change (n.d.) lists the following ways that parents can become involved in schools:
COME TO SCHOOL TO ASSIST
- Share information with a student or class about a hobby.
- Share information with a student or a class about a career.
- Share information with students about a country you visited or lived in.
- Tutor one or a small group of students in reading, math, or other area.
- Help coach an athletic team.
- Help check a student’s written work.
- Help put out a school or classroom newsletter (can also be done at home).
- Help sew or paint a display.
- Help build something (such as a loft in a classroom or new playground).
- Help students work on a final exhibition or project (can also be done at home or workplace).
- Help answer the schools’ phone.
- Help plan a new playground for the school.
- Help plan a theme-based presentation for students.
- Help present a theme-based program for students.
- Demonstrate cooking from a particular country or culture to students.
- Share a particular expertise with faculty (such as use of computers, dealing with disruptive students).
- Help students plan and build an outdoor garden or other project to beautify the outside of the school.
- Help coach students competing in an academic competition (such as Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Math Masters).
- Help bring senior citizens to school to watch a student production.
- HELP ARRANGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
1. Help set up an internship or apprenticeship for a student at your business, organization, or agency.
2. Host a one-day ‘shadow study’ for one or a small group of students about your career in business or some other organization.
3. Go on a local field trip with a teacher and a group of students.
4. Go on an extended (3-5 day) cross-country field trip with a teacher & students.
5. Contact a particular local business or organization regarding possible cooperation.*
6. Help to create a natural area outside the building where students can learn.
SERVE ON AN ADVISORY OR DECISION-MAKING COMMITTEE
1. Serve on the school-wide site council.
2. Serve on a school committee that reports to the site council.
3. Serve on a district committee representing the school.
4. Serve as an officer in the school’s PTA.
5. Help organize a parent organization for the school.
6. Help design a parent and or student survey for the school.
7. Help conduct and or tabulate results of a parent survey regarding the school.
SHARE INFORMATION OR ADVOCATE FOR THE SCHOOL
1. Serve as a member of a ‘telephone tree’ to distribute information quickly.
2. Write a letter to legislators about the school.
3. Write a letter to school board members about the school.
4. Go to a school board meeting to advocate for the school.
5. Go to another school to provide information about this school.
6. Help design a brochure or booklet about the school.
7. Help translate information from the school into a language other than English.
8. Help translate at a parent-teacher conference for people who don’t speak English well.
9. Provide transportation to a parent-teacher conference for a parent who needs a ride.
10. Write an article for publication in a magazine about the school’s activities.
11. Help arrange for a political leader (mayor, city council, state representative, member of Congress) to visit the school.
12. Increase financial resources available to the school.
HELP WRITE A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD BRING NEW RESOURCES TO THE SCHOOL
1. Donate materials to the school.
2. Arrange for a business or other organization to donate materials to the school.
3. Help with a fundraiser for the school.
4. Help other parents develop their parenting skills.
5. Help teach a class for parents on ways they can be stronger parents.
6. Help produce a videotape for parents on ways they can be more effective parents.
7. Help write, publish, and distribute a list of parenting tips.”
Source: North Central Regional Educational Libraary
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