Back to School Tips for Families –
Being an advocate involves understanding issues, thinking about children’s needs, and presenting solutions. And sometimes you need support. Here are a few tips:
- Advocacy begins the first day your child walks into the classroom.
- Be present. Build a relationship between you and your child’s teacher.
- Know your child’s grade-level expectations.
- Know what resources are available at the school.
- Know your child’s guidance counselor(s).
- Follow the graduation tracks and know the differences.
- Ask about dual-college credits & trade certifications while in high school.
- Take advantage of available College Tours (including Historically Black Colleges & Universities or HBCUs).
- Hold your child accountable, but also listen to their concerns.
- Get involved with a parent advocacy organization!
If there’s something you don’t know, be sure to ask (especially if you need clarification). We can also help! Don’t advocate alone. There is power in togetherness.