1:1 Parent Connections

A recent survey by WeAreTeachers and VolunteerSpot of more than 1,000 parents and educators indicates there is strong support for parent volunteers in the classroom, critical gaps between teacher needs and how parents are currently pitching in, and a wish from both groups to see the current parent volunteer roles grow.

This survey opens a window into how parents and teachers can better work together and use technology to boost participation, involve more working parents, and increase parent engagement in support of student success.
“Using technology to reach parents on their computers and smart phones can relieve many of the frustration points for both teachers and parent volunteers,” said Karen Bantuveris, founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot, in a statement.

“Online platforms enable working parents to get involved in their children’s education, whether they are coordinating other parents with VolunteerSpot, reading to the class via Skype, participating in class web chats, or updating class newsletters with Pinterest boards,” she continued. “Since according to our survey 73 percent of parents cite work schedules as their biggest hurdle to volunteering, web platforms could remove this obstacle in many cases.”

We’re hopeful our 1:1 technology initiative will help solve some of the challenges we face when there is a need for volunteers. We’re also hopeful for more communication with parents through our district all-call system. To receive phone, email and text messages from us, be sure to provide your phone and email information to our school secretaries!

IMAGE: Parent Volunteers Infographic