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One thing we all know is that students who have families who are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. Kids on Course staff have had the opportunity to work with a Family Engagement Specialist by the name of Ron Mirr. Mr. Mirr has worked with staff over the years to help us best support the adults in our students’ lives. We believe the parents in our students’ lives are their first and best teachers and value the opportunity we have to come alongside families and offer suggestions and support. But with all the advice flowing around regarding what is best for kids these days, there are times it can be tricky to decide where to start.

Below is a list of the top 13 things that Mr. Mirr believes can support students in their academic success.

Don’t worry! If you can’t do everything on the list the most important thing is item number one and then, in order, build on that!

  1. 13 Things Parents Can Do From the Center for Active Parent Engagement 
    1. Have high expectations for your son or daughter.

    Talk to your student and make sure your student understands the expectations you have for them and how well they should do in school.


    1. Talk to your student about school.

    Ask specific questions to draw information out of your student.


    1. Tell and talk about your own stories.

    Share stories from your own family and childhood with your student.


    1. Talk about your own learning.

    Discuss with your student how you plan, solve problems and think about the future.


    1. Get “connected” with your student’s teachers.

    Make sure you know how to communicate with your students teachers and understand their expectations in their classroom.


    1. Make sure your student has a quiet place to study.

    Find an area in your home that is distraction free where your child can concentrate on homework.


    1. Get your student “connected” to their school.

    Students who feel connected to adults and other students in their school do better academically. Encourage your student to get involved in activities at their school.


    1. Check your student’s homework, but don’t do it.

    Look over your student’s work and point out corrections, but also make sure to point out what your student did well.


    1. Find out about homework assignments and school tests.

    Use PowerSchool to monitor homework assignments and get in the habit of checking it regularly.


    1. Post a family calendar in a central place.

    Write down important school dates, including due dates from projects and tests. Encourage your student to add to the calendar and check it daily.


    1. Go school meetings and events.

    Attending events at your student’s schools is a good way to become familiar with your students community.


    1. Volunteer to chaperone school dances and drive kids to school competitions.

    Remember to develop a network of parents whom you can share information and discuss ideas.


    1. Find a way to make your voice heard.

    If you have the time and desire, ask to be a part of a school committee.