Contact & Vision
Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to engaging and partnering with families to build relationships that support and improve the learning, development, and health of children at home, in school, and in the community.
Building Community Schools:
Join me in the beginning steps of strengthening our schools around family and community engagement.
The following opportunities will allow families and community members to reflect, learn, participate, and be a voice in the decisions that impact children, families and our community at a district level.
Attend the Spring Title 1 Family Engagement Meeting: Watch for this meeting in April/May (English) (español)
Would you like to have a voice in family engagement in our district? Be a part of the first Family Engagement Advisory Council conveening this winter. Click here if you are interested:
Yes I Can!
General Family Engagement Information
- "Parents are children's first and most influential teachers. By reading to children or having them read to us, by making sure homework is done, by monitoring television use, by knowing how children spend their time, parents can have a powerfully positive effect on their children's learning." ~ U.S. Secretary of Education
- Over thirty years of research has proven that parent engagement is one of the largest determining factors related to school success. When parents are involved and engaged in their children's education the results are positive: children achieve higher grades, they attend school regularly, they demonstrate more positive attitudes and behavior, they graduate at higher rates, and they have a greater enrollment in higher education.
Why is Family Engagement Important?
Where Children Spend Their Time:
- School children spend approximately 12% of their time in school, 55% of their time out of school, and 33% of their time sleeping.
- We need to help parents understand how to help their children learn when they aren’t in school.
- The primary emphasis is to give families the opportunity to be involved in their child’s educational growth outside of the regular school-day classroom and to see some of the enriching things their child is learning.
When Parents Should Get Involved:
- The earlier in a child's educational process parent engagement begins, the more powerful the effects.
- The most effective forms of family engagement are those which involve families in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.
What Can Be Accomplished From Home:
With guidance and support, families can become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children.
- Set an example. Make it clear that you enjoy learning new things and reaching your goals.
- Get excited about learning and achieving.
- Be positive about education. Insist on good attendance, punctuality and effort.
- Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year.
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
- Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep.
- Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
- Don't let your child stay home unless truly sick.
- Videos: Bringing Attendance Home (English); Trayendo la asistencia a casa (español)
- Help your children practice reading, writing, math and science skills at home. Let them teach you.
- Ask them about school each day, and listen with undivided attention.
- Promote healthy habits. Children who have enough exercise and sleep and who follow a balanced diet get sick less often and are better prepared to learn.
- Motivate independent thinking, even if it leads to mistakes. Help your children see mistakes as opportunities to grow.
- Families who read to their children, have books available, take trips, guide TV watching, and provide stimulating experiences contribute to student achievement.
- Enroll your children in after-school activities that offer a variety of learning opportunities.
- Get involved at school. Attend all the school events that you can.
Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to establishing effective family engagement by:
- Recognizing that all parents, regardless of income, education level, or cultural background, want to be involved in their children’s education and want their children to do well in school.
- Linking family and community engagement efforts to student learning.
- Creating initiatives that will support families to guide their children’s learning from preschool through high school.
- Developing the capacity of school staff to work with families.
- Focusing efforts to engage families on developing trusting and respectful relationships.
- Embracing a philosophy of partnership and be willing to share power with families.
- Making sure that parents and school staff understand that the responsibility for children’s educational development is a collaborative enterprise.