Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
- Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
- Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
- Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.
Research has demonstrated the positive impact school-community-home partnerships can have on student achievement and behavior.
Partnerships with Families
Administrators can promote partnerships with families by:
- Ensuring the coordination of programs to encourage and enhance capabilities for home support of learning and development;
- Promoting regular proactive communication with families to build positive relationships for the enhancement of the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success of all students; and
- Inviting families to problem solve around school related concerns.
- Proactively communicating with families to build positive relationships for the enhancement of the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success of all students;
- Regularly communicating students’ strengths to families;
- Clearly identifying any social, emotional, behavioral or academic concern(s) to the parent/caregiver and describe the strategies implemented in the classroom to address the barrier(s) to learning; and
- Involving the family in solving school related concerns.
- Sharing up-to-date contact information of a lead family member with the school office and teachers, especially a cell phone number (indicating if interested in receiving text messages) and email address;
- Volunteering to serve at least one hour per year on a district/school/classroom committee or project;
- Sharing with the district, school, and classroom family diversity strengths and needs at the beginning of every school year; and
- Regularly communicating with the district, school, and teachers to promote the academic, physical, social and emotional development of children and address any barriers to learning throughout the year.
Partnerships with Community
Administrators can promote partnerships with the community by:
- Engaging community/family partners to identify all reliable and valid Learning Supports’ resources within the community;
- Engaging community/family partners to problem solve around gaps in Learning Supports; and
- Inviting valid and reliable community/family Learning Supports’ resources into the school to address any gaps in services while maintaining the integrity of the district’s mission.
- Inviting valid and reliable Learning Supports identified by the school leadership into their classroom including but not limited to programs/strategies, co-teaching and consultation;
- Partnering with local businesses when appropriate to provide opportunities for work-related experience such as internships, simulated job interviews, or long-term employment;
- Providing a classroom-based orientation to community partners to ensure that they have the necessary information to successfully complete the agreed upon work; and
- Communicating regularly with community partners to ensure continued progress toward goals.