Teacher Report of Invitations to Parental Involvement

1. Have a conference with a parent.
2. Contact a parent if the child has problems or experiences failure.
3. Contact a parent if the child does something well or improves.
4. Involve a parent as a volunteer in my classroom.
5. Tell a parent about the skills the child must learn in each subject I teach.
6. Provide specific activities for a parent to do with the child in order to improve the child’s grades.
7. Give a parent ideas about discussing specific TV shows with the children.
8. Assign homework that requires a parent to interact with the child.
9. Suggest ways to practice spelling or other skills at home before a test.
10. Ask a parent to listen to the child read.
11. Ask a parent to help the child with homework.
12. Encourage a parent to ask the child about the school day.
13. Ask a parent to visit my classroom.
14. Ask a parent to take the child to the library or community events.
15. Give a parent ideas to help him or her become an effective advocate for the child.
16. Send home ‘letters’ telling parents what the children have been learning and doing in class.
1=never‚ 2=once this year‚ 3=once each semester‚ 4=once a month‚ 5=once every 1-2 weeks‚ 6=1+ time(s) each week.

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