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Parents: How would you like to be engaged?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This afternoon I’m working on a story about Albuquerque Public Schools’ efforts to more meaningfully engage parents in their children’s educations. It’s one of the district’s four broad goals for the next three years, and I’ve written about it here. The story I just linked to was published back on my birthday, making it additionally worth reading.

The reason I’m writing this particular story now, is that APS is holding a community meeting Monday, to gather input from parents about how the district can engage them better. Details here. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the main APS offices in Uptown. As an aside, the Uptown office is now officially called the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex. There’s a pretty sign and a nice picture:

But I haven’t made the transition to calling it that in the newspaper because: a) Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex is a lot longer than City Centre, and b) I’m not sure people will know what I’m talking about, even if I shorten it to “King Complex.” Maybe I can slowly start calling it that online, and start a movement.

But I digress (which I get to do, because it’s MY blog). The point of Monday’s meeting, and of the story I’m working on today, is that having involved parents is one of the most important drivers of student success. But in an ever-changing world, I think it’s worth asking just how parents want to be engaged. Do they want to be called in for face-to-face parent meetings, or would they prefer to have frequent email and text message exchanges with teachers? How important are language and translation services? Do parents care more about their school building having a welcoming atmosphere, or an easy-to-navigate school website? I’d like to hear from parents in the comments here, and I will post back next week with some of what I hear at the meeting.