Now is the time to get in touch with your teen’s school. Your involvement will be welcome. Remember, the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires parent involvement at many schools.
Here’s what happens when parents are involved:
• Student dropout rates go down.
• Student achievement tends to rise.
• Student attendance improves.
• Students complete more homework.
• Student attitudes and behavior improve.
Here are some ways to be involved:
• Stay in touch with your teen’s teachers. Leave phone messages or send notes. Or communicate by e-mail.
• Go to school events. This is especially important if your teen has a part in the event. It shows you think school is important.
• Create a home that is set up for learning. Your teen should have a quiet, comfortable place to study. Encourage regular study hours.
• Let your teen know you expect his very best work. (Remember, his best may be different from the best of a sibling or friend.) Praise him for effort, not just for results.
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