What advice do you have for parents in interacting with their children’s high school?
Technology has opened the doors for schools to have a greater connection with parents than previously possible. It’s no longer adequate or desirable to have two meetings a year. Parents want and need to know how their child is progressing at school in ‘real time’. There’s no reason why parents can’t track their child’s progress daily and know if there are learning issues emerging as they happen rather than wait til the mid year report. We have powerful web 2.0 tools available that schools can use to keep parents informed and most importantly engage them in their child’s learning.
If that’s not happening at school, my advice to parents would be to ask the principal how it can.
Greg Whitby is the executive director of 78 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and author of Educating Gen Wi-fi: How to make schools relevant for 21st century learners.
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