FAM­ILY, SCHOOL AND COM­MU­NITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR LEARNERS SUC­CESS

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BELINDA S. GALANG

Partnerships are es­sen­tial for help­ing learners achieve at their op­ti­mum po­ten­tial in schools. Schools rec­og­nize the im­por­tant roles of fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in sup­port­ing their chil­dren’s devel­op­ment and learn­ing. There is a sig­nif­i­cant re­sult in the im­prove­ment in chil­dren’s devel­op­ment and school suc­cess when schools part­ner with fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity based or gani zat i ons.

Part­ner­ship in learn­ing pro­vides a strong link and sup­port mech­a­nism to schools which en­sures pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for school chil­dren. Par­ents as their chil­dren’s first and fore­most in­flu­en­tial teach­ers, play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the suc­cess of their child’s learn­ing, growth and per­sonal devel­op­ment. When par­ents ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in school , chil­dren per­form bet­ter and the school be­comes a bet­ter place for chil­dren to learn.

Schools can in­volve par­ents and com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers ac­tively through a lot of el­e­ments to de­velop suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able part­ner­ship for learn­ing: Schools and par­ents should have a shared vi­sion of learn­ing for school learners. Schools should in­volve par­ents in plan­ning how to im­prove stu­dents suc­cess since par­ents per­son­ally know how their chil­dren learn best; Shared lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance among schools and its com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers be prac­tice in order to de­velop a sense of own­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion for schools pro­grams and projects; Open and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion be man­i­fested among school lead­ers, teacher and par­ents. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing well is the key fac­tor in mak­ing the part­ner­ship work. Reg­u­lar and con­sis­tent shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion of teach­ers and par­ents on the child’s progress will make the child feel like, that the im­por­tant peo­ple in his life are work­ing to­gether for their suc­cess in school. When par­ents, teach­ers and stu­dents view one an­other as knowl­edge­able part­ners in the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, a car­ing com­mu­nity form around stu­dents and will be­come part of the school cul­ture of shared part­ner­ship in learn­ing; Col­lab­o­ra­tive staffing and teacher devel­op­ment also ca­pac­i­tate teach­ers and en­hance their abil­ity to fa­cil­i­tate de­sired out­comes.

Fam­ily and school are a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­cip­ro­cal process whereby schools and other com­mu­nity agen­cies en­gage fam­i­lies in mean­ing­ful ways and cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate ways for chil­dren to learn. Strength­en­ing par­ent, school –com­mu­nity sup­port builds an ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship that im­prove schools, in­creases learn­ing out­come and ad­dresses the need for a highly com­mit­ted and re­spon­sive school teach­ers and lead­ers.

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The au­thor is Prin­ci­pal III of Paguiruan Ele­men­tary School

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