Parents’ role as education partners growing as school year begins in D.C.

Timothy Wilson

As summer vacation comes to an end, District students are not alone in their transition from leisure to learning. Parents must also prepare to be involved for another year of academic growth.
According to the Harvard Family Research Project, parental involvement is key to student achievement. Public, private and charter schools are becoming more insistent that parents get involved with their children’s education inside and outside the classroom.
“We need to be encouraging them to participate in their child’s education,” said Kaye E. Savage, founder and chief executive of Excel Academy Public Charter School, an all-girls school in Southeast.
Savage said each parent at her school must sign a “covenant of excellence” to ensure their involvement.