Team up with Families for Student Success
Families and teachers are a team with a shared goal: student success. When we build trust and a solid game plan, nobody can stop us.
Get to Know Families
Showing you care about families helps create trust which is key to building partnership. Before or at the start of the year, make a personal phone call or visit to get to know each other. This lays the foundation for the year (and helps you better connect with students in the classroom!)
Maximize Parent-Teacher Conferences
Use this simple 3-step tool to co-create a plan with families. It provides a guide and one place to capture family insights, benchmark data, and a focused plan on key grade-level skills.
How to Talk to Families About Test Scores
Understanding Assessments: A Tool for Families is a helpful guide for breaking down what different test results mean. Use it to inform your conversations with families, or print and send it home along with test results.
Lean into Candid Conversations
Sometimes honest conversations about students’ grade level performance can feel hard but they don’t need to be. Use this “frequently asked questions” resource to support you as you listen to families and navigate these conversations.
Get More Back-to-School Resources
The American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson helps you with your back-to-school needs. Check out these free online lessons and resources to start the new year strong.Find back-to-school resources here »
More Resources for EducatorsFind more year round family engagement resources here. »
Did you know?
Nationally, 9 in 10* parents believe their child is at or above grade level in reading and math. Yet, according to the Nation's Report Card**, about one-fourth of students are at the proficient level.
*CARAVAN survey conducted by Big Village, March 2023
**NAEP 8th grade math, Nation’s Report Card, 2022
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