The role of the parent, or academic coach, is to help provide organization and structure, to help create a proper learning environment, and to promote continuity in the learning process. Parents also act as learning companions, advocates, and facilitators for their child. They help build and sustain a positive relationship with the school, and work closely with teachers to ensure a successful learning experience.
Parents contribute to their child’s learning experience by being present and available as much as possible, showing an interest, asking questions, and communicating frequently with teachers. Being a child’s academic coach may include support such as providing additional learning materials, exploring concepts together, reviewing and proofreading assignments, reading out loud, or simply expressing encouragement.
A strong partnership and excellent communication between parents, students and teachers, gives students confidence, sparks their desire to learn, and ensures a successful learning experience. Keeping the lines of communication strong also helps with recognizing and addressing individual learning challenges.