Enhancing Student Learning

Enhancing Student Learning

This module provides tools and resources for teachers to use while partnering with families to enhance student learning and success. It provides information and ideas to support partnerships with families on student homework, curriculum-related activities, academic decisions, and long term planning. The integration of language and culture of students into instruction, and the New Mexico Standards are highlighted as well as ways to share them with families.

Effective PracticesQuick Tips / Effective Practices

The sample practices listed below focus on providing families with information about the academic work that their children do in school and how to help with homework and other curriculum-related activities and decisions. Click on the self assessment and resources/recursos for tools and additional practices in each module.

  • Include families in learning about the Common Core State Standards that guide instruction and assessment in their child’s classroom.
  • Provide clear information for families regarding expectations for students in each subject at each grade level, as well as information about student placement, student services, and intervention programs.
  • Regularly assign homework that requires students to discuss and interact with their parents about what they are learning in classes.
  • Provide families with clear information about middle and high school programs and course choices, curricular requirements, teachers’ instructional approaches, and state tests or other major assessments. Ensure that families know how their children are progressing in all content areas and how families can help students set and meet achievement goals and solve challenges along the way.
  • Assist parents in understanding how students can improve skills, get help when needed, meet class expectations and perform well on assessments.
  • Support families in showing the value of literacy through workshops that demonstrate activities they can do at home such as reading for pleasure, sharing information from newspapers, magazines, letters, and texts, and reading recipes, instructions, directions, etc. Emphasize that when a child sees that reading is important at all ages, they are more likely to value and enjoy reading.
  • Provide parents with information on how to engage with their children in thought-provoking discussions about classes, homework assignments, school projects, grades, focusing on the positive aspects of school. Support parents in connecting what is being taught in school to life outside of school.
  • Support parents in providing time, space and support for homework. Provide tips and guidance, specific terminology to use, help lines, and school Website, to access for help. Use resources/recursos listed in this module that link to homework purpose, design, and strategies for supporting families.
  • Engage in the professional development opportunities throughout this module including a self-assessment, effective practices, research, resources in English and Spanish, videos, and links to NM Teacher Competencies.