Make A Difference



We have a major responsibility in our children’s education.  We are our child’s first teacher, even in ways we might not realize.  This begins, for instance, with how much we talk to our children as infants.  Once formal education begins, it’s incredibly important for us to remain involved.  We set the tone.  We need to set expectations, stay in communication with the teacher, provide a conducive environment to do homework.  Read how one “A” school in Phoenix draws in parents.  And the difference it makes.

Make a difference in the life of a child today

Engage Your Child

  1. Talk to your child from the moment of birth
  2. Read to your child from a young age
  3. Encourage your child to explore his/her immediate surroundings
  4. Encourage your child to participate in varied activities (turn off the TV!).  As she grows older, encourage her to participate in organized activities
  5. Once your child begins school, continue to read with him every evening
  6. Watch over your child to be certain he is applying himself
  7. Ask your child what happened at school today.  “Nothing” isn’t a sufficient answer!

Work With Your Child’s Teacher

  1. Meet with the teacher at every given opportunity.  Arrange a special meeting if you suspect a problem
  2. Find out if your child is working at grade-level in each key subject.  Find out what the teacher is doing to remedy that.  Find out how you can help
  3. Check in with the teacher if your child claims he doesn’t have homework
  4. Monitor that your child is completing his homework
  5. Handle each complaint your child has with open eyes and an open mind.  There are two sides to every story!

Support The School

  1. Participate in school activities involving parents
  2. Attend meetings involving parents
  3. Find out how you can help
  4. Encourage other parents to do any or all of the above as well

. . . If After All That, It’s Still Not Working

  1. Be a savvy “consumer.”  Is your school performing as well or better than other schools in similar circumstances?   Use the interactive maps on the Need page to compare with other schools in your area
  2. Look carefully at alternatives.  The grass on the other playground may not be as green as it seems
Share Your Success in getting parents involved
Member of Organization/Business

Member of Organization/Business

Your organization can make a big difference in the lives of many children.  Organizations of all stripes – churches, service organizations, special-interest clubs, even businesses – are partnering with schools to positive effect.  Read how a church provides strategic help to another “A” school in Phoenix.  And get some tips on how to make the most of these partnerships.

Make a difference in the life of a child today

  1. Check for volunteer opportunities at your neighborhood school
  2. Tutor or mentor in after-school program at a disadvantaged school
  3. Support fund-raising activities
  4. Encourage your organization to partner with a disadvantaged school
  5. Participate in those activities
  6. Financially support those activities
Share Your Success in getting organization involved
In the community

In the community

Our voices count, if we use them.  Schools make the community, and communities make the schools.  Help your neighbor understand the importance of public education.  Encourage your school board to aim high.  Push your legislator to understand he’s accountable too.  Read how one concerned resident challenged her school district southeast of Tucson to the very top.

Make a difference in the life of a child today

  1. Read up on education issues from a broad variety of sources
  2. Urge your neighbors and friends to support education activities
  3. Participate in or organize a community discussion addressing K-12 education
  4. Encourage your school board to focus on trends and the big-picture issues, not on micro-management and minutiae
  5. Encourage your school board to look across district boundaries to identify and adopt best practices
  6. Encourage your school superintendent to work together with other superintendents
  7. Write letters to the editor in support of public education and its funding
  8. Write to legislators expressing support for public education for all students
  9. Vote wisely. Back those candidates who are more concerned with helping schools deal with problems than in doing everything they can to walk away from these schools