November is Parent Engagement Month

The month of November is celebrated as Parent Engagement Month in Georgia to recognize the contributions of parents across the state and to encourage Title I schools to raise awareness of the important roles parents play in a child’s education. Parent Engagement Month highlights the many opportunities available for educators, families, students and community members to engage in partnerships with the goal of improving student academic achievement.

Tift County Schools are joining the rest of the state in encouraging all of their students’ parents to join in this campaign to support their children’s schools by attending events at school and signing an involvement pledge card.

“The research is clear on this point: when families and communities come together to support their schools, students achieve at higher levels,” State Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “Engaged parents can make the difference between a school that’s barely getting by and a school that’s thriving. I encourage all parents to make this pledge to be involved in their child’s education, and I thank them in advance for doing so. The support of engaged families is an absolute necessity in the work we do – we cannot succeed without them.”
Parents can select and sign 15 different “I Can Play a Role” pledge cards to get more involved in their child’s education. Meaningful parent involvement allows parents to use their time and talents to support their child and the school through individualized opportunities. These pledge cards provide schools and community groups with various ideas to encourage parent engagement. There are many different ways that parents can be involved in their child’s education.

November 20 is National Parent Involvement Day and some local schools are marking the day and week with special opportunities for their parents to visit school.

“G.O. Bailey Primary School will have a Book Character Parade for all grades and parents on Friday,” said Parent Involvement Coordinator Lisa Daughtrey. “Each class will dress as a book character to promote literacy.”

“Several classes at Annie Belle Clark Primary School are inviting parents for classroom visits, story time and to have Thanksgiving lunch with their students,” said Vicki Childers, Parent Involvement Coordinator at ABC.

Parents who are engaged and empowered to become actively involved in their children’s education are a crucial part of a school that is functioning properly. Parents, schools, families, and communities working together can create meaningful partnerships that ultimately lead to significant gains in student achievement, across the board.
Parents who are interested in finding more ways to be involved in their children’s education are encouraged to talk with their teachers or school’s parent involvement coordinator.