In my Master’s Degree Vlog #22, I give you an inside look into my summaries of my reading about Schools, Family, and Partnership. I read you the synopsis of my learning from week 2, including how states like Maryland are raising the bar for student achievement and community partnerships. 

This week’s reading taught me more about how successful programs are incrementally designed with regular review to inform their guidance. Parents, administrators, and community partners align to build paths of success for students. There needs to be a permanent structure in the school that allows for this review and adjustment to take place. States that have found improvement have made homework an area of interactivity and check in for students, parents, and teachers. Goal setting can be an important part for tracking progress towards achievement.

Our reading and research advocate for caring systems that develop in the form of parents, communication, volunteers, home learning, making decisions, and collaborating with the community. If there is a sense of unity, caring behavior will prevail and benefit students. A goal of national networks should be shared to grow the strength of the programs and partnerships involved. I hope educators can manage to build a bridge like this, because it sounds very rewarding, as in the parent stories about communication in New York and volunteer nurses in Ohio.

For success to occur in the long run, programs need to address the specific goals of older students. Teachers can provide evidence to parents on progress reports, and passing along information for student development at home. Decision making activities can help review school policies and include parent representatives to meet the needs of students. Involvement activities can be designed to give students a greater role in their community. Collaborations can help bridge school events and business/church/neighborhood relationships. These interactions can build activities that support extracurricular programs and well-rounded students. Various forms of involvement enrich the educational experiences of the community as a whole and makes every part more effective. Good information given to all stakeholders increases the development of channels for building successful interaction.

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