You don’t have to be a helicopter or a bulldozer parent to be involved. You can join the Parent-Teacher Association, volunteer in a classroom or on a field trip, or advocate for local school issues in your community. For many working families who may not be able to be physically present during the school day, being involved in homework, nightly reading, and staying on top of progress and grades are fundamental ways of showing up for your student’s education.
For online school students, having a parent or Learning Coach intimately involved with the day-to-day coursework offers the loving support that many students need to do their best work. Learning Coaches get to monitor their children’s progress, participate in hands-on projects, check in with teachers, and check lesson comprehension. As part of your back-to-school plan, watch the Learning Coach Role at-a-Glance video below to see what a typical day is like for parents of online students in grades K–12!