REPORTS & SURVEYS | APRIL 15TH, 2013 |
As we have discussed, school helpers are already involved with their schools in traditional ways that are admirable and important to the schools’ success. Can they be engaged in even more robust ways in addressing the issues that stymie school and student success, such as truancy problems, lack of essential resources or poor teacher preparation?
School helpers tend to believe they could be doing even more, and we believe that at least some of them can be more intensely engaged if they are asked in the right way and provided with “user-friendly” ways to get involved that respect their time and other commitments. Again, it’s important to start with where these parents are by making the most of the support they are already providing to their children and schools.
We try to give busy parents different avenues. We have different things throughout the school year at different times, different days of the week, because we realize everybody has different schedules, so we try to change up the schedules, change up the times, use different ways of communicating with the parents.
As far as you’re talking about the importance of knowing where your school ranks—it would be nice to also know what you can do about it if you don’t like it. If Kansas City is not accredited, what the hell can you do about it?