4 Goal 2: To Strengthen Safe and Inclusive School Environments Why are families critical partners in student learning? Parent/guardian engagement matters! Research shows that the connection between home and school leads to improved student achievement. Not only are students more successful when families contribute to their education, schools also reap the benefits. Excellent home and school relations are identified as one of the seven correlates of effective schools. When children see positive relationships between their families and teachers, they are more likely to feel positive about school experiences. When parents/guardians know what their children are doing in class, they’re better prepared to ask questions that spark conversation about – and make connections to – the learning at home. Parent/guardian involvement can mean many things, such as: serving on School Advisory Councils, chaperoning school field trips, regularly checking in with teachers, helping with homework and simply talking to children about their daily school experiences. At Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elementary, Grade 1/2 teacher Patricia Pool regularly invites her students’ families in for a ‘Take Your Parents/Guardians to School Day.’ Here’s a recent peek inside her classroom: Do you know an HRSB teacher who makes history come to life in the classroom? Nominations for the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching are now open! Each year, Canada’s History Society recognizes teachers for innovative approaches to teaching history. Winning teachers receive a cash prize of $2500, an additional $1000 for their school, and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Ottawa to receive the award at Rideau Hall. Visit www.CanadasHistory.ca/GGAward for more information. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS