The key Learning Auckland initiative for this year is the Parent Engagement Project, which aims to increase parental attendance and involvement with parent-teacher interviews at schools.
We are focused on supporting schools to report and engage with parents so that everyone can get the best outcomes for our youth.
Here are a few ways you can get involved in the Parent Engagement Project:
Employers: Support your staff through giving them paid time off to attend their children’s parent-teacher meetings, and take an active interest in your staff’s families, and their own continued education and development
Schools and ECEs: Listen to your parents about reporting methods that work best for them, and consider using one of the models that have been found to increase parent engagement (e.g. learning stories in ECE, three-way conferencing in primary, or academic counselling in secondary). If you schedule parent-teacher meetings for a day time slot, send a letter home with children for parents to give to their employers asking for time off to attend.
Community organisations: Encourage parents to attend their parent-teacher meetings, and to make best use of the time by planning questions in advance. Let us know if you are willing to distribute leaflets to your members – these will be ready around April next year.
We will be holding a meeting in early 2014 and would like to hear from schools who have effective models in place already for increasing parent engagement with parent-teacher meetings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this meeting, or if you have an effective model of parent engagement that you’d like to share with others.
If your school, company or community organisation would like to be part of this project, contact COMET Auckland at email@example.com. If you’d like to find out more about the project, sign up to Learning Auckland or share your Learning Auckland-related actions, you can do all this and more on the new Learning Auckland website.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming article about the importance of engaging businesses and employers with parent-teacher meetings in the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Employers and Manufacturers Association newsletters.