Families and schools across America are increasingly accepting mutual responsibility for children's learning. When families are involved in children's learning, at school and at home, schools work better and students learn more. Schools and families are working with employees and community organizations to develop local partnerships that support a safe school environment where students learn to challenging standards. By working together, exchanging information, sharing decision-making, and collaborating in children's learning, everyone can contribute to the education process.
Coming together as families, local school board governance, administration, teachers and school staff, we form this partnership and affirm the importance of family involvement in children's learning. We pledge to:
Share Responsibilityat school and at home to give students a better education and a good start in life.
--Our school will be welcoming to families; reach out to families before problems arise; offer challenging courses; create safe and drug-free learning environments; organize tutoring and other opportunities to improve student learning; and support families to be included in the school decision-making process.
--Our families will monitor student attendance, homework completion and television watching; take the time to talk with and listen to their children; become acquainted with teachers, administrators and school staff; read with younger children and share a good book with a teen; volunteer in school when possible; and participate in the school decision-making process.
Promote effective two-way communication between families and schools, by schools reducing educational jargon and breaking down cultural and language barriers and by families staying in touch with the school.
Provide opportunities for families to learn how to help their children succeed in school and for school staff to work with families.
Support family-school efforts to improve student learning by reviewing progress regularly and strengthening cooperative actions.
Parent Organization Representative________________ Signature_____________________
Teacher Representative_________________________ Signature_____________________
School Staff Representative______________________ Signature_____________________
Contact Person_______________________________ Title_________________________
City_________________________________ State__________ Zip__________________
Phone________________ Fax__________________ E-mail________________________
Send to: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8173 or fax to 202/401-3036 to receive your Family-School Partnership Promise certificate.
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