A key factor associated with academic success and dropout prevention is parent involvement. In order to help parents and students succeed in school, Cooperative Extension offers the Together for a Better Education program. The program brings together partners from high schools, local colleges, families of 9-12th grade students, college-age mentors, local nonprofits and UNCE staff. The program consists of six sessions held in English and Spanish in various locations across Las Vegas. This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 2: School Communication.
Part of being involved in your child’s education means communicating with school personnel. You may want to inform the teacher about a situation regarding your child, make suggestions regarding your child’s education, have a concern regarding a policy or simply stay informed about your son or daughter’s progress. The first step in communicating with school personnel is understanding how to contact the right person.
Start with the person closest to your child, generally a teacher or a guidance counselor. You should always feel free to contact any of the following: Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, Counselors, English Language Learner (ELL) Specialists and Teachers.
To assist parents in deciding whom to contact, the Clark County School District developed a Communication Guide (CCSD). The following can help you decide who to contact. If the concern is a:
You may contact school personnel via email, mail, telephone or in person. Make multiple attempts; teachers and school administrators are extremely busy. Be patient, but persistent.
The following are important tips to consider when planning to attend a parent/teacher conference or meeting with school personnel:
Things you may find out from the teacher are: your child’s behavior and disposition and attitude; their academic progress; their test results; and their relationship with others.
Communication is the act of exchanging information, ideas, messages and emotions. It is the process of giving and receiving, listening and being heard.
Although some obstacles may be out of your control, you can minimize some of them by following the tips listed above. Also:
“Who are the key personnel at your child’s school?” There are many people who work in the schools, some may include: front office staff, librarian, school nurse, school psychologist, literacy specialist, teacher assistant, cafeteria staff, janitorial staff, special education coordinator and social worker. However, these are the school’s key positions:
School personnel are available to help. Although it may seem intimidating at first, don’t be afraid to talk to communicate with school personnel; it will be beneficial for your child and will become easier and easier.
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Together for a Better Education Facilitator Manual.
To learn more about this topic and “Together for a Better Education” contact: Nora Luna at (702) 940-5420 or email.
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