Parent and Family Engagement
What Parents Need to Know
The Georgia Department of Education knows that parents are a student’s first and best teacher. Parents, schools, families, and communities working together, however, can create meaningful partnerships that ultimately lead to significant gains across the board in student achievement. This section provides information and resources that will help aid parents in making sure their student succeeds in and out of the classroom. If you have specific questions about any of the programs listed below, contact AskDOE at 1-800-311-3627 or contact your school about how to get more involved in your child’s education.
Parent Engagement Program
The Parent Engagement Program at the Georgia Department of Education is focused on working with our partners in local school districts and the community to provide parents with the best opportunity and resources to help their child succeed in school. The goal of the Parent Engagement Program is to increase student achievement by engaging and empowering parents, and other stakeholders, to become actively involved in their children’s education across all grade levels. Click above to learn more about the resources and programs offered by the Parent Engagement Program or speak with your schools Parent Involvement Coordinator or Liaison about how to get involved.
Parent Services Unit
The purpose of the Parent Services Unit is to ensure that all parents in Georgia are aware of and have full access to services that fall under Title I, and that all Title I children in Georgia receive the assistance needed to achieve academic success in school. The Parent Services Unit is comprised of three subdivisions: Supplemental Education Services (SES), Parental Involvement, and Preschool and Family Literacy. To learn more about these services click above.
Special Education Parents and Educators Partnerships
It is the goal of Georgia's special education parent initiatives to create a collaborative community of parents and educators so to increase student achievement, particularly those with disabilities. The special education division partners with parents through the State Advisory Panel on Special Education, the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, and local school districts' special education stakeholder groups. To learn more about what the special education division is doing to increase parent engagement and build partnerships between educators and parents click above.
Parent Mentors are moms and dads hired by local school systems to work with special education directors, parents, school teams, teachers, and the community. Their goal is to build a bridge of communication between the home and school. Together, they collaborate with parents to increase involvement, both in addressing concerns as well as in reaching targeted goals to improve all children’s achievement levels. To learn more about the parent mentor program or to locate a parent mentor in your district click above.
Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council
The State Superintendent of School’s Parent Advisory Council is a group of parents from across the state that meet to discuss education in Georgia. Advisory Council members are particularly focused on how to increase parent and family engagement to ensure student success. Members meet several times throughout the school year with the State School Superintendent serving as advisors and acting as ambassadors for their local school districts. To learn more about the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council and to see this years members click on the link above.