The Teaching Quality Standard of Alberta states that “teachers engage in activities that contribute to the quality of the school as a learning environment. They work with others to develop, coordinate and implement programs and activities that characterize effective schools. Teachers strive to involve parents in their children’s schooling and maintain partnerships with the home through candid sharing of information and ideas to cooperatively contribute to students’ learning. Teachers seek out and incorporate community resources into their instruction, and encourage students to these resources in their learning by making connections between school, home and community in order to enhance the relevance and meaning of learning.“.
I believe that I have met this standard by demonstrating the following:
- Maintain open and current communication with parents via email, text and phone.
- Include stakeholders, such as parents and community members, in the coordination of activities and projects to make the learning relevant.
- Encourage community members and parents to join our class as speakers, guests, active participants or observers in order to facilitate and encourage collaborative relationships within the school and community.
- Encourage outside community members to become involved in all aspects of the school community, from fine arts to core classes to physical education.
- Create a monthly newsletter that highlights student achievements, upcoming projects and events and opportunities for community involvement.