Building Family-School Partnerships
Supporting student success in your PTA involves collaboration between parents, schools and communities. The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships provides a framework to use to help build FSP in your school. Talk with your PTA unit to see which of the standards below you feel you are meeting and which areas need strengthening. Check out the new Family-School Partnership e-learning workshop now available at www.pta.org/elearning for fresh ideas on how you can implement the Standards in your PTA.
STANDARD 1- Welcoming All Families
This is the first of six National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Interactions among teachers, students, parents and others set the tone for everything else. Families say the number one reason behind their school involvement is that they were greeted with warmth and respect.
STANDARD 2 – Communicating Effectively
Regular opportunities for open, honest dialogue helps families to feel they are informed about important issues and that they can easily communicate feedback to teachers, the principal, and other staff. Many schools deliver information through handouts, newsletters, handbooks and websites.
STANDARD 3 – Supporting Student Success
Every student should be afforded every opportunity to graduate from high school while being adequately prepared for and encouraged to pursue postsecondary education, including vocational education.
STANDARD 4 – Speaking Up for Every Child
All children need an advocate—someone to speak out and stand up for them. Most likely that “someone” will be a parent, guardian, or close family member.
STANDARD 5 – Sharing Power
Shared decision making needs to exist among all parties involved in a child’s education. In a true partnership, all parties have an equal say in important decisions.
STANDARD 6 –Collaborating with the Community
Partnerships that connect a school with businesses, hospitals, colleges, service clubs, social service agencies, youth organizations, public housing projects, churches, other faith-based organizations, and other community groups can turn a neighborhood into a thriving place to live, work, and raise a family.
More information for building Family-School Partnerships
- Ohio Family-School Partnership Award. See www.ohiopta.org Earn this award by participating in family,school and community partnership activities at the local, state, and national levels, within a one year time period (October 1 - September 30). PTA members who accumulate 150 points will earn an Ohio PTA. Family-School Partnership Certificate of Achievement Award. receive a pin and certificate as well as arecognition at the Ohio PTA Convention and in The News, the Ohio PTA publication.
- Every Child in Focus Calendar
September - Hispanic Indian Child
October - Urban Child
November - American Indian Child
December - Child w/ special needs
January - Suburban Child
February - African-American Child
March - Foster Child
April - Military Child
May - Asian American/Pacific Islander Child
June - Rural Child
July - American Child