Written by Director of Instruction Shauna Smith

Family engagement plays a crucial role in a student's academic success. When parents and families actively participate in their child's education, it creates a positive impact on their learning journey. In the Marshalltown Community School District, we believe in the power of family involvement and have taken steps to ensure that parents are supported in their role as partners in education.

One exciting initiative that promotes family engagement is the monthly parent engagement sessions hosted at the B.A. Niblock Orpheum Welcome Center. These sessions are specifically designed to provide parents with the knowledge and tools they need to support our schools effectively. What makes these sessions even more special is that language support is available for families who may need assistance in understanding the content.

During these sessions, parents have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of their child's education. They can gain insights into the curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment methods used in our schools. By understanding these key elements, parents can better support their child's learning at home, ensuring a strong foundation for academic success.

While parents engage in these informative sessions, their children are also entertained. The Orpheum theater provides a unique space for children to enjoy a movie while their parents participate in the engagement sessions. This ensures that families can attend these sessions without having to worry about finding childcare arrangements. It also creates an environment where learning becomes a family affair, as parents and children can engage in educational activities simultaneously.

The impact of family engagement on student learning cannot be overstated. Research has consistently shown that when parents are actively involved in their child's education, students experience higher academic achievement, improved attendance, and increased motivation to learn. By attending the parent engagement sessions, families are taking an active role in their child's education and sending a powerful message that education matters.

These sessions also create a sense of community within the Marshalltown School District. Parents have the opportunity to connect with other families, share experiences, and build relationships with educators. This collaborative approach fosters a supportive environment where everyone is working together towards a common goal – student success.

In conclusion, family engagement is a vital component of a student's academic journey. The Marshalltown Community School District recognizes the significance of family involvement and has taken proactive steps to support parents in their role as partners in education. The monthly parent engagement sessions at the Orpheum's Welcome Center provide an excellent opportunity for families to learn how they can best support our schools. By actively participating in these sessions, parents not only contribute to their child's academic success but also foster a sense of community within the district. Together, let's empower our students and create a bright future through strong family engagement!