The Obvious

1) Form local (and virtual) network groups to support each other during action research.

2) Equip parents to more effectively engage with teachers and schools.

3) Increase student achievement and engagement in schools.

4) Document stories about tested and actionable steps/strategies for increasing parental engagement, in order for them to be shared and adopted/adapted by schools anywhere.

5) Design and launch a website that supports easily accessed resources and open, inclusive dialogue to support the sharing of lessons learned and findings.

The Not So Obvious

1) When parents start to understand what’s going on in their children’s classrooms and schools, their relationships with and trust for teachers (individually and as a profession) increase.

2) When parents trust and relationships with teachers increase, teachers feel better supported and more willing/able to take risks and try new strategies, projects and approaches with their students. Just as students need a trusted environment to learn, so do teachers. In a time when great change in pedagogy and student learning is both desired and expected (and sometimes mandated), this is critical!

3) When parents are included in discussion about student learning, curriculum, classroom management, social emotional learning, etc…, they become better equipped to make informed choices about their own parenting strategies and techniques.

4) When parents and teachers work together with student learning as their focus, we create a community of care around all of our students. By encouraging a perspective that these children are our collective responsibility, we effectively become “the village” that raises them together.

5) With increased and cross-partner group relationships, our community becomes much more effective and powerful at advocating for student needs, resources, legislative change, etc…