Traditional roles and responsibilities in today's education systems for parents are very limited. Yet, the involvement of these point-of-instruction participants is critical for high student achievement. Using the On-Grade Model, the parent role is upgraded for greater participation in their child's education - a natural continuum after being their child's first teacher.
Information in an On-Grade classroom is shared for complete transparency of operations. This benefits parents as well as students. Parents are now informed about learning objectives, learning context, curriculum, references and their child's learning status. Sharing information encourages parent engagement in a positive way, to make education a more effective collaborative team effort. It's the availability of information at actionable levels in near real-time that makes day-to-day parent engagement possible.
Today, schools want parents to be engaged, but do little to enable that engagement. Often they leave parents without information about the learning plan and their student's standing against that plan. Parents are left to disciplinary roles such as ensuring time on assignments and instilling good values. Students don’t bring home sufficient information for parents to understand the class objectives, the subject matter context, or the overall schedule of learning and assessment.
In On-Grade classrooms, all information is shared between teacher, students and parents. All that data is online and available in real-time. There is no additional work for the teacher to keep the parent informed. Instead of just being a disciplinarian and role model, parents can use the shared information to more fully participate in the learning process.
Because of the On-Grade Model, parents enjoy complete transparency of objectives, schedule, curriculum and all reference materials. Parents always know the exact status of their child’s learning progress.
When parents are left with only report cards to inform the progress of their child's learning, they find themselves with too little real information when its too late for practical participation. In On-Grade classrooms, parents have access to all the information needed to help children with homework and actively follow the schooling process.
Today, only a very small number of parents hold schools accountable, and those parents get the best out of their schools. An On-Grade school offers transparency to everyone – and also takes away any excuse for a parent not being involved in their child’s learning process.