Share information with families in your school or district and provide training for families to support their students during digital learning.
Parents, guardians, and families are strategic partners in a successful digital learning program. Parents and guardians want to be informed, and want to be able to get answers. Effective communication with students and families about digital learning will promote trust and awareness of the roles that families play in digital learning. They are allies in ensuring devices get charged and are cared for, and in supporting their child at home.
With new initiatives, it is essential that school personnel provide regular communications to ensure the needs of students and families are met. Best practices for engaging parents, guardians, and families include:
When engaging with families, take into account the capacity they have for supporting their student’s digital learning. Not all families will have the same capacity to monitor, support, and guide their student’s digital learning due to time, work, and other constraints. But outside of typical work hours or by tapping into networks or extended family members, families might be able to provide additional learning opportunities and extracurricular activities digitally. Considering the limits of how much to ask of families is important to help ensure that digital learning does not deepen inequalities between students.
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