Field Trip: How to Get Parents to Take an Active Role in Your School

There’s a difference between parent involvement (like getting parents to show up for fundraisers and meetings) and parent engagement (where parents take a more active role and have a voice at the table). This high school principal is moving mountains to bring parents on board. Here’s how.

From lunch-and-learns and chat-and-chews to food trucks and taking events out into the community, Hatboro-Horsham High School principal Dennis Williams means it when he says he wants to hear from parents. In this podcast, he shares how they’re working to get parents more engaged in the school lives of their students:

  • What the changing socio-economic makeup of the community means for parent engagement
  • Why getting active participation from parents is so important for students and the school as a whole
  • What roadblocks and questions they’ve had to grapple with as they’ve made parental engagement a priority
  • How any school can work toward the same kind of success with parents and the community


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