When Parents are involved, research shows:
- Students achieve more regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, or parents' educational level.
- The more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the student achievement.
- Students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
- Students have higher graduation rates and greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education.
How can parents become involved?
Epstein's Framework of six types of involvement for Comprehensive Programs of Partnership:
PARENTING: Assist parents in learning about effective parenting skills through school and community workshops. Help all families establish home environments to support children as students.
COMMUNICATING: Initiate regular two-way communication between home and school. Design effective forms of school-to-home communications about school programs and their children's progress.
VOLUNTEERING: Be a school volunteer. Recruit and organize parent help and support.
LEARNING AT HOME: Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning.
DECISION-MAKING: Parents must be a part of school decision-making committees such as the School Accountability Committee.
COLLABORATING WITH THE COMMUNITY: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.
Parents' Right To Know
As a parent of a student at Heritage Elementary, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher who instructs your child. This is a requirement for all districts that receive Title I funds. Federal law allows you to request certain information about your student’s classroom teacher. The law also requires the district to give you this information in a timely manner upon request. Listed below is the information about which you have the right to ask for regarding each of your student’s classroom teachers.
- Whether the Colorado Department of Education has licensed or endorsed your student’s teacher for the grades and subjects taught.
- Whether CDE has decided that your student’s teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
- The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
- Whether any teachers’ aides or similar Paraeducators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.