La Visión de la PTA El potencial de cada niño es una realidad.
PTA Mission To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
La Misión de la PTA Hacer una realidad el potencial de cada niño al comprometer y apoderar las familias y comunidades para que intercedan por todos los niños.
PTA Values Collaboration: We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families. Commitment: We are dedicated to children’s educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded. Diversity: We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience. Respect: We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association’s goals. Accountability: All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align their efforts toward the achievement of our association’s strategic initiatives.
Los Valores de la PTA Colaboración: Trabajaremos en asociación con una amplia variedad de individuos y organizaciones para expandir y mejorar nuestra habilidad de servir e interceder a favor de todos los niños y las familias. Compromiso: Estamos dedicados al éxito educativo, la salud, y el bienestar de los niños a través de un fuerte compromiso de las familias y las comunidades mientras nos mantenemos responsables por cumplir con los principios sobre los cuales fue fundada nuestra asociación. Diversidad: Reconocemos el potencial de cada individuo sin importar, incluyendo y sin limitarnos a: edad, cultura, estatus económico, antecedentes educativos, etnicidad, género, lugar geográfico, estatus legal, estatus matrimonial, habilidad mental, origen nacional, posición en la organización, estatus de paternidad, habilidad física, filosofía política, raza, religión, orientación sexual, y experiencia de trabajo. Respeto: Valoramos las contribuciones individuales de los socios, empleados, voluntarios y asociados mientras trabajamos en colaboración para alcanzar las metas de nuestra asociación. Responsabilidad de dar cuentas: Todos los socios, empleados, voluntarios y asociados tienen la responsabilidad compartida de alinear sus esfuerzos hacia el logro de las iniciativas estratégicas de nuestra asociación.
PTA Strategic Initiatives 1. We will build a comprehensive research development platform 2. We will implement a focused, research based, public policy and advocacy plan 3. We will grow and steward our resources.
Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets
What should you talk to the teacher about? ⇒ Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?
⇒ Assignments and assessments. Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher gives grades.
⇒ Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.
⇒ Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn. Ask if the teacher knows of other programs or services in the community that could also help your child.
⇒ Support learning at school. Find out what services are available at the school to help your child. Ask how the teacher will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it. How should you follow up?
⇒ Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child. You can do this during the conference or after. Write down what you will do, when, and how often. Make plans to check in with the teacher in the coming months.
⇒ Schedule another time to talk. Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. There are many ways to communicate—in person, by phone, notes, email. Make a plan that works for both of you. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months.
⇒ Talk to your child. The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.
For more resources on family involvement
visit www.hfrp.org Harvard Family Research Project Harvard Graduate School of Education 3 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Website: www.hfrp.org