FAMILY, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR LEARNERS SUCCESS
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.
The author is Principal III of Paguiruan Elementary School