The Role of Community Partners

It is important that principal and teachers identify the strengths, needs, and unique characteristics of the community in order to maximize parents’ participation in their children’s school life. By welcoming and including a child’s family members and other caregivers, teachers and other members of the school staff encourage them to become supportive partners in the child’s education. In a multilingual community, it is also helpful to arrange for interpreters to be available so that school staff can gather important information and establish good relationships.

By promoting a philosophy of teamwork and respect, schools can build very positive partnerships. Parents and other family members invited to participate in day-to-day school activities and other events, such as family literacy and numeracy evenings, field trips, and activities with “reading buddies”.