Alignment between family and school is reflected in student learning
Just as institutions must open channels of participation and dialogue with parents and students, they also need to make explicit what their learning expectations are.
The alignment between parents, students, managers and educators provides learning that takes place inside and outside the school. By strengthening these relationships, with motivation and engagement from all parts, the student develops in several aspects, building knowledge and knowledge for life. “When school, family and students are on the same page, the chances of reducing communication noise and being able to work together for more meaningful learning outcomes are much greater,” says Leticia Lyle, Chief Education Officer at Camino Education and pedagogical director at Camino School.
She explains that this interaction is essential because the student is one, both at home, at school, at the club or in the community. "This alignment guarantees that we are saying the same things or, if we are saying different things, that it is clear what are the different perspectives to be able to develop critical thinking, autonomy for decision-making and a compassionate look for the other". According to her, this dialogue is very important, because learning happens in the student and in the relationships he establishes – he learns a lot at home and brings it to school, just as he learns a lot in the school environment and takes it home.
Uniting the ecosystem during remote classes
One of the ways that a school can open this space, according to the principal, is by creating parenting forums and listening environments, sending questionnaires or, simply, calling and chatting with families. “In the pandemic, in addition to communicating via email and Whatsapp, we individually called the parents of the Camino School students to find out how they were doing at that time. We did this at the beginning of the pandemic and again after three months ”, says Leticia. She believes that this proximity makes a lot of difference and allows parents to see how important this union is in the care and learning of students. "When we don't feel alone, we are able to have more resilience and positive emotions and feelings that support learning and our emotional health, in this pandemic moment".
Another important point in school communication with families is to make it clear what are the expectations of learning, that is, what parents can charge their children, what the school requires from students and what students and parents can charge teachers . “Always in the sense that it is from some of these goals that we are able to have quality dialogues, including things we can do better. This open communication channel with families is one of the aspects that brings the entire school community closer together towards common goals in favor of learning. ”