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In this short video, Dr Karen Mapp shares her top 3 tips for educators to improve relationships between their school, community and families.
According to Dr Mapp, educators should focus on the following three things. These, she believes, are at the heart of improving outcomes around parent engagement.
Avoid focusing on each family’s negative traits or ‘deficits’. Instead, focus on their abilities, knowledge and skills.
Discovering and working with each family’s strengths is vital to being an effective educator.
Many families find they only hear from their child’s educators when something has gone wrong. This can be disheartening.
Make sure that you let families know about good news. This is particularly important for the first few times you get in touch.
When talking to families, make sure to focus on how children are going academically. Avoid only talking about the student’s behaviour.
Parents and carers want to know what their children:
- are learning about
- should know
- should be able to do.
With this information, they’ll be better able to support their child’s education at home.
As a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr Mapp has focused her research on bettering the partnerships among families, community members and educators to support students and school improvement.
For questions about getting involved in your child's learning.
Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au
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Email: learningathome [at] sa.gov.au