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Invite Parents to School Day Fact Sheet

On this day, schools across the nation will invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.  The initiative is part of the National Education Association's American Education Week celebration and is designed to spotlight the importance of parental involvement.

According to experts, parents need to take an active and assertive role in their children's education on a daily basis for optimal success at school. Ongoing research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores confidence among parents in their children's education.

Parental involvement means reading to your children, checking homework every night, limiting television viewing on school nights, developing a relationship with his or her teacher, and simply asking children about their school day. Whatever the level of involvement, it is important to be consistent in order to make a difference in your children's lives.

National Invite Parents to School Day also helps reinforce AEW's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." It represents NEA's vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.

For more information on American Education Week and National Invite Parents to School Day, visit www.nea.org/aew. For resources on parental involvement, visit www.nea.org/parents.