School staff and students can benefit when families get involved in school governance and other ways to influence school practices.

Click on a grade level below to find resources about how parents can influence decisions that are made about their children or their schools.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

  • Advocating for Your Child: Getting Started
    Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas of how you can be an advocate for your child.
    (2016) Reading Rockets
  • Chicago Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement: Community Action Councils (CACs)
    Information about Community Action Councils where families of children attending Chicago Public Schools can work with other community leaders to improve the quality of local education.
    (2016) Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools: Local School Councils
    Does your child attend a Chicago Public School? If so, you may be interested in serving on your Local School Council. This website has information about serving on the council.
    (2015) Chicago Public Schools
  • General Tips on Advocacy by Parents
    Be an advocate for your child. This article gives you general tips.
    (2016) Learning Disabilities of America
  • How School Systems Work and Who to Go to When Your Child Needs Help
    This article explains how school systems are organized and who families should contact if their student needs help. (Also available in Spanish)
    (2016) Colorín Colorado and the American Federation of Teachers
  • Illinois State Report Card Data
    State and federal laws require public school districts to release report cards to the public each year. School report cards provide families and community members with information about the school, including the percentage of parental contact with the school.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Ed
  • Improve Student Nutrition
    Do you want to improve the nutrition at your child’s school? Here are some tips.
    (2016) National PTA
  • Parents for Healthy Kids
    A national initiative created for parents, by parents, offering resources to help parents and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student health — includes this website and online community forum, school grants, and trainings.
  • Parents, Teachers, and Communities Take Back Their Schools
    Your voice matters. How you can make yourself heard and get involved with the policies that affect your child.
    (2012)
  • PTA and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    As a parent, you have an important role to play in the implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). This web page may assist you with 1) Get in the know about ESSA; 2) Distribute ESSA materials to parents; 3)Get engaged in your school’s plan and 4) Additional materials for PTA members.
    (2016) National PTA
  • The Role of the School Site Council
    Who is best qualified to make decisions about a school? Parents, teachers, and other school employees can make some of the best decisions. This belief is the foundation of the school site council.
    (2016) Great! Schools
  • What is Advocacy?
    The article describes what is parent advocacy and steps parents can take to learn more about it.
    (2016) Learning Disabilities of America

Videos / webinars

Podcasts

Elementary School

Articles

Videos / webinars

Podcasts

Middle School

Articles

  • 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Violence in Your School Community
    Checklist of how to prevent violence in your child’s school.
    (2016) National PTA
  • Advocating for Your Child: Getting Started
    Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas of how you can be an advocate for your child.
    (2016) Reading Rockets
  • Chicago Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement: Community Action Councils (CACs)
    Information about Community Action Councils where families of children attending Chicago Public Schools can work with other community leaders to improve the quality of local education.
    (2016) Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools: Local School Councils
    Does your child attend a Chicago Public School? If so, you may be interested in serving on your Local School Council. This website has information about serving on the council.
    (2015) Chicago Public Schools
  • General Tips on Advocacy by Parents
    Be an advocate for your child. This article gives you general tips.
    (2016) Learning Disabilities of America
  • How School Systems Work and Who to Go to When Your Child Needs Help
    This article explains how school systems are organized and who families should contact if their student needs help. (Also available in Spanish)
    (2016) Colorín Colorado and the American Federation of Teachers
  • Illinois State Report Card Data
    State and federal laws require public school districts to release report cards to the public each year. School report cards provide families and community members with information about the school, including the percentage of parental contact with the school.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Ed
  • Improve Student Nutrition
    Do you want to improve the nutrition at your child’s school? Here are some tips.
    (2016) National PTA
  • PTA and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    As a parent, you have an important role to play in the implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). This web page may assist you with 1) Get in the know about ESSA; 2) Distribute ESSA materials to parents; 3)Get engaged in your school’s plan and 4) Additional materials for PTA members.
    (2016) National PTA
  • Parents for Healthy Kids
    A national initiative created for parents, by parents, offering resources to help parents and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student health — includes this website and online community forum, school grants, and trainings.
  • The Role of the School Site Council
    Who is best qualified to make decisions about a school? Parents, teachers, and other school employees can make some of the best decisions. This belief is the foundation of the school site council.
    (2016) Great! Schools
  • What is Advocacy?
    The article describes what is parent advocacy and steps parents can take to learn more about it.
    (2016) Learning Disabilities of America

Videos / webinars

Podcasts

High School

Articles

Videos / webinars

Podcasts

 

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