Supporting Student Success

teacher and two elementary school students

As part of the PTA’s plan to increase family engagement this year, we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program.  After receiving parent survey responses this fall, we have been provided with a “roadmap to excellence” to help us improve in areas where we are potentially falling short. With that in mind, we will be sharing a short item with you throughout the next few months that we hope you will find useful.  

This month’s topic is Supporting Student Success.

Empowering families to support their own and other children’s success in school is powerful. It is important for parents to be prepared to monitor their children’s progress and guide them as they advance through elementary, middle and high school graduation; postsecondary education; and into a career.

The National PTA has published grade-specific guides that parents can review to see what their students will be learning at each grade level. These provide “clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.”

They are all available in English and Spanish at this link:  https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/Parents-Guides-to-Student-Success

We hope you’ll be able to check them out and learn a little more about what your children are learning at Douglas!

Tips for Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

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As part of the PTA’s plan to increase family engagement this year, we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program.  After receiving parent survey responses this fall, we have been provided with a “roadmap to excellence” to help us improve in areas where we are potentially falling short.

With that in mind, we will be sharing a short item with you throughout the next few months that we hope you will find useful.  This month’s topic is “Communicating Effectively.”  

Here are just a few tips for effective communication between parents and teachers:

  • Be collaborative with the teacher. Begin your communication with a positive attitude and a willingness to be a partner with your child’s teacher. You both want the best for your child, and working together is the easiest way to achieve that.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Don’t wait until there is a problem to email the teacher. Send emails, notes or even visit in person.
  • Get comfortable within the school and with the teacher. The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be to have those serious conversations when they come up. Stop in for lunch with your child or to lend a hand photocopying or helping with something in the classroom. Join the PTA and get to know other parents through different school events or through a PTA committee. Come to an after-school event and get to know other parents and teachers in a casual “after hours” atmosphere.
  • Feel free to make first contact with the teacher! Good communication runs both ways. If you don’t know how to get in contact with the teacher, call the school, look at the directory on the school website or send a note with your child. They want to hear from you!
  • Follow through with what you say you will do. If you cannot do what you said you would do, communicate that too! 

For more ideas, visit these links:

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/partnering-with-your-childs-teacher/

http://parenting-ed.org/wp-content/themes/parenting-ed/files/handouts/Communicating-with-Teacher-Handout.pdf

Welcome!

Douglas Elementary celebrates being named the number one magnet school in the country

Thanks for visiting the Douglas Elementary School PTA website! We’re really excited to create this space, and we hope it serves as a helpful resource for you.

Check out the links in the menu above to learn more about who we are, all that we do and how you can become involved. If you have questions, ideas or concerns, please feel free to drop us a line through the contact page. And stay tuned for regular blog posts (that will be published below this one).

Here’s to a wonderful school year!