A Principal's Perspective: Family Engagement

Parent & Family Engagement, Teachers & Principals | 11/16/2016

MaryGrace Longoria
Educator Organizer

MaryGrace is responsible for educator and parent organizing.

Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of background, graduates from high school prepared for, and with access to, college and career opportunities. To achieve this goal, we recognize the importance of working with parents, teachers, principals, and district officials so that schools are equitably and effectively teaching their students. We are pleased to have Jessica Ridgway, Principal at Goldrick Elementary School, on the blog this week to share her perspective on the value of family and school partnerships.

Name, Title, and School

Jessica Ridgway, Principal at Goldrick Elementary School in Denver.

What tips do you have for parents or guardians if they want to be more engaged in their child’s education?

If you want to be more engaged with your child’s education, there are several steps you can take:

Being more present at school through volunteer opportunities and parent activities helps you be better connected to what’s going on in school.

Building in routines at home that focus on homework completion and review, as well as modeling some of the academic behaviors you want to see in your students. Two example of this would be showing your child you make time to read every day, or using your math knowledge every time you’re following a recipe.

How can parents or guardians help out at your school if they are interested in getting involved?

There are many opportunities for parents and community members interested in supporting Goldrick.  All of our volunteer activities are run out of our family and community room where teachers can post request for various types of support, from in-class student support to smaller classroom projects.

What have involved parents and guardians already done to support your school?

Right now we have a handful of parents who are volunteering in classrooms and completing projects for teachers.  We also have a group of parents that are working hard to advocate for our school in various ways.

What role has Stand for Children played in parental involvement at your school?

Stand for Children has been an essential part of effectively launching more strategic parent and community opportunities.  MaryGrace meets with our family representatives frequently to support our collective work forward.

What is the single most important thing you would tell a parent or guardian if they want to support their child’s educational success?

The most powerful action I believe a parent or guardian can take to influence their child’s educational success is simply engaging in conversation with your child and asking questions about what they are learning in school. 


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