An Authentic Family Engagement Activity – part 2

Have you ever wanted a family engagement activity that is filled with the wow factor and easy?!

Family Engagement Activity: Students and parents engage in creating a positive, praise statement to be posted around their school building
At the start of the school year, the Northumberland Elementary VTSS/PBIS team invited families in grades PreK-5th grade to the school to create positive, praise statements that would inspire them as they walked the halls of their school. Also, included in their time was a discussion on how parents can engage in their children’s learning at school and at home. They introduced PBIS to the families, including their school-wide expectations (Anchored in the SEAS of Learning). They had a brief presentation on Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). The presentation was brief to allow families to participate in the activity where they created a poster as a family that included encouraging words to be displayed around the school. Families worked together and then had a fun snack together. It was a great turnout and a great night!

The goal of the activity was to create a positive learning environment in the building that included students and families.

With just a few items such as posters, markers, and pens the students along with their family member created the following posters to adorn the hallways. Some of the positive phrases:

  • A Mistake does not Mean Failure
  • Believe in Yourself
  • CARE-stands for Care and Respect Everyone
  • Everyone in this building is Somebody Important

Two female elementary students holding a poster they made that conveys to stop bullying.

Often we do not engage in activities with our families because we imagine that the activity will take too much time, resources, and energy. However, what we discovered in this activity that simple materials and a guided activity can influence the culture of the school in a positive way.

WOW!

This is a great family engagement activity that is easy to implement! Don’t you think?

For more details you can contact Northumberland Elementary School: , or 

An Authentic Family Engagement Activity

An Authentic Family Engagement Activity – post by anna

Have you ever wanted a family engagement activity that is filled with the wow factor and easy?!

Family Engagement Activity: Students and parents engage in creating a positive, praise statement to be posted around their school building

Two adults with an elementary aged female child making a poster.A female caregiver with a female elementary and male elementary student making a poster.Adult caregiver with a male elementary student holding a sign the made together that says "Be Bold".

At the start of the school year, the Northumberland Elementary VTSS/PBIS team invited families in grades PreK-5th grade to the school to create positive, praise statements that would inspire them as they walked the halls of their school. Also, included in their time was a discussion on how parents can engage in their children’s learning at school and at home. They introduced PBIS to the families, including their school-wide expectations (Anchored in the SEAS of Learning).  They had a brief presentation on Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students).  The presentation was brief to allow families to participate in the activity where they created a poster as a family that included encouraging words to be displayed around the school.  Families worked together and then had a fun snack together.  It was a great turnout and a great night!

The goal of the activity was to create a positive learning environment in the building that included students and families.

With just a few items such as posters, markers, and pens the students along with their family member created the following posters to adorn the hallways. Some of the positive phrases:

  • A Mistake does not Mean Failure
  • Believe in Yourself
  • CARE-stands for Care and Respect Everyone
  • Everyone in this building is Somebody Important

Often we do not engage in activities with our families because we imagine that the activity will take too much time, resources, and energy. However, what we discovered in this activity that simple materials and a guided activity can influence the culture of the school in a positive way.

Two female elementary students holding a poster they made that conveys to stop bullying.

WOW!

This is a great family engagement activity that is easy to implement! Don’t you think?

For more details you can contact Northumberland Elementary School: , or 

Tips for Administrators


Tips for Administrators – Post

  • Send a clear message that you believe in and support the approach. 
  • Give the big picture to the staff of what it will look like. So if you are starting with PBIS explain how academics are currently being address and how the RTI/Academic part will use many of the same structures and principles as it comes together.  Explain how this framework can help meet students’ social and emotional needs. It is a flexible approach that can be used for everything from attendance issues to incorporation of social/emotional learning and trauma sensitive schools.
  • Take an active role in implementing the program. Join the team for meetings or be part of the team if possible.  Be a champion of your VTSS team and the framework.
  • Take an active role in student recognition particularly in PBIS. This will be good for your moral, but also will send the message to staff and to students that the work is important, that you are involved,  and that you care about their success.
  • Be the point person for letting you parents and community learn about your new way of doing business. Help them understand what the school is doing. 
  • Make the initiative visual. Let people see it. This is an advantage for working on PBIS first. Posters, recognition, matrix, direct and explicit instructions on behavior and expectations shows a commitment and will allow staff and students to see it in action. 
  • Review the data showing the need to address the problem. Again, with PBIS,  you can look at discipline data and show a need to reduce disproportionately and improve behavior. All teachers want improved student behavior so it is an easy sell.
  • Share the research to demonstrate when properly implemented how it can help the school. Explain why evidence based practices are so critical.  
  • Make sure your team is representative of the staff and includes respected people that the staff values and trusts. Emphasize teamwork rather than having a small group to do the work. Have those people solicit feedback from the grade level teams or departments.
  • Provide data based updates.
  • Recognize those staff members who are displaying buy in.