"What does it mean when people say ... get involved with your child's education"?
You here it and we say it all the time. Parents need to be more involved with their child's education. Community members need to be involved in the "continued evolution" of their communities schools. What is it exactly that we expect; and what is it exactly that you can do to help.
At home: You don't need to be an expert in education to help your child. You can encourage their learning, promote a healthy lifestyle, and communicate with them regularly and openly about school and learning.
At school: You can get involved with your child's school in a number of ways. You can attend parent-teacher conferences. Attend special events at the school, and share your knowledge and experience through volunteer activities.
In the community: As a parent, you can make your voice heard within the community. Your involvement may help your child's school receive additional support. This may lead to: more funding for the school system, better school facilities, and increased awareness of the importance of a quality education, more volunteering in schools and other assistance from community members. You may benefit too! Involvement in the community can lead to new friendships and professional contacts.
You don't need to do it all: It may be overwhelming if you try to do too much too fast. Decide the best way to get involved based on your child's needs, abilities and skills. Consider their interests, schedule and time availability.
Marietta City Schools invites you to join us in the education of your children. It truly takes a village to raise and educate each child. I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas. We are much stronger together than we are apart. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Bruce Thomas is the superintendent of the Marietta City Schools and can reached at email@example.com