Parents are their children’s first teachers, so it’s important that educators partner with them and their community to create learning experiences that nurture and challenge students. Relationship-building and learning from families and communities is an important part of education, and something that teachers and staff should be equipped to carry out.
That means schools and districts should provide time, training, and resources for ongoing community engagement by teachers and staff. A commitment to developing fruitful partnerships with parents, every student’s first teachers, should be a year-round commitment for schools and districts. By building and growing these relationships, schools prioritize two critical things: designing classroom experiences with input from families, and using school resources to support the families and communities themselves. These engagements will lead to greater alignment on opportunities and support for students in every facet of their lives.