The guide illustrates the benefits of family and community involvement within the education system and focuses on seven main points to make the involvement most effective:
- Parents, families, and community members play an integral role in assisting student learning in all grade levels.
- Communication between home and school is consistent, two-way, and meaningful.
- Sound parenting practices are promoted and supported.
- Parents, families, and community members are welcome in the school and their support and assistance are sought.
- Parents and community members contribute in school planning and decision making.
- Community resources are sought to strengthen schools, communities, and families.
- School personnel training includes courses and workshops on parent, family, and community involvement.
Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll said, "Caring adults play a critical role in the education and development of our children. We must do everything we can to welcome and nurture the involvement of fathers, mothers, stepparents, grandparents, older siblings, and the community at large as partners in education."
The document highlights the dedication and efforts of the Parent and Community Involvement and Education Advisory Council and is the first statewide guideline for parent and community involvement in Massachusetts.
"This document can be used as a guide to engage families, caregivers, and the community in supporting student success. I encourage everyone to review the guide to locate areas where they can be a greater assistance to students," Commissioner Driscoll added.
For more information on "The Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Guide," or to view the document visit the Department of Education website at www.doe.mass.edu/