Parents, families, and caregivers bring a wide range of experiences that contribute to students’ learning. They can help considerably in supporting students to develop their reading and writing outside of school, particularly by supporting students to read and write more, be exposed to more words, consider more perspectives and viewpoints, think more deeply, and interpret more texts. MSQI supports schools in partnering with parents, families, and caregivers to analyze and understand their children’s literacy data and to provide suggested strategies, processes, and activities that they can engage in at home to support student literacy.
To support literacy leadership teams, alongside parent coordinators, establish a co-educator stance with families and execute activities and meetings that value all perspectives and see all stakeholders as agents of change in shifting literacy outcomes, MSQI has developed a guide for Family-School Partnership.
We also support a subset of MSQI schools with implementing West Ed’s Academic Parent Teacher Teams. Academic Parent-Teacher Teams take place in the school building and fosters collaboration between schools and parents. APTT brings parents and teachers together for structured dialogue about students’ grade-level curriculum and learning targets, students’ literacy strengths and areas of opportunity, and ways that families can support students’ literacy growth at home. To learn more about this program, view the videos below and read an evaluation report on the program completed by NYU’s Metrotech during the 2018-19 school year.