The Office of Accreditation strives to help promote parental involvement in Mississippi public schools. The office also answers questions and provides direction to parents or guardians of students who request assistance from the Mississippi Department of Education.
Parent involvement is critical to the success of students in school. Getting involved in your child's school will show your child that you think school is important. Below are some ways to get involved.
- When school begins, contact your child's teacher to introduce yourself.
- Attend the opening day of school activities, for example, an open house or family night.
- Join the PTA or PTO.
- Attend activities in which your child participates -- field trips, school performances, student exhibits, etc.
- Encourage your child's teacher to contact you regularly about your child's academic progress.
- If the teacher doesn't contact you, contact the teacher periodically, to see how things are going. This will remind the teacher how much you value your child's education.
- Be active in your child's school. Let your child's teacher and principal know that you want to be involved and offer to serve as a resource for your unique knowledge or experiences.
Students whose families are involved in school will be more successful. Some of the benefits of parental involvement include:
- Student achievement increases regardless of the parent's own education, economic, or ethnic/racial background;
- Student attitudes are more positive;
- Negative student behavior decreases;
- Graduation rates are higher;
- Students have higher grades, better attendance, and complete homework more often;
- Teachers become more enthusiastic;
- Teachers have higher expectations for students.
Tips for Parents
Parents are the most important teachers in a child's life and play a crucial role in their child's learning process. Below are some important steps parents can take to support their child's success in school.
- Provide your child with a proper diet, school supplies, and other basic needs.
- Provide a study environment for learning at home. Provide resources for learning including books and magazines and utilize the local library.
- Get to know your child's teacher. Let your child's teacher know that you are ready to work together.
- Meet and talk with other parents and school staff.
- Learn about your school's curriculum and support services.
- Provide encouragement for homework.
- Encourage your child to talk to teachers if he or she does not understand an assignment.
- Read and talk about information sent home from school.
- Ask your child about his or her school day -- what was learned, new experiences, friends, etc.
- Help your child stay calm and confident on test days, and send him or her to school well-rested. Make sure he or she has breakfast at home or at school.
- Recognize progress and praise efforts that are made.
- Be a good example that learning is a lifelong process.