NJEA members know that an essential component to student success is parental involvement. Too often, parents do not get involved with their children’s education due to work schedules and other factors. Many parents, especially those who are non-English speakers or who were unsuccessful themselves as students, feel intimidated by their children’s schools.
That’s why NJEA locals are teaming with area places of worship and community groups. Called Families and Schools Together (FAST) Work for Children, the initiative aims to boost family involvement in education by helping parents to help their children succeed.
School employees and community representatives trained as liaisons visit participating places of worship. The liaisons provide resource materials and encourage parents and caregivers to participate in teacher conferences and other school activities. The liaisons also present MegaSkills® - a program designed to build high standards, habits, behaviors and attitudes that determine achievement in school and beyond, as well as a wide range of programs such as homework strategies, parent conference tips, and health fairs.