One way to strengthen school-home connections is for teachers to be involved and be seen in the greater community. This provides teachers with a deeper understanding of their students as whole people and can help to create more meaningful ties with students' families.
Addressed to parents, this article provides many ideas for how to become more involved in a child's school at the middle school level. Teachers can also use this advice for ideas of how to invite parents to become more involved.
The National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools has provided this guide which defines key roles for teachers, counselors, and families at the secondary level as they all work together to support students. It also provides an in-depth case study of family involvement at a particular school.
Communication, defining roles, and ensuring access are among the important areas to address when working to increase parental involvement at the secondary level. This article addresses these, as well as areas specific to the secondary level where schools can provide meaningful connections with parents, such as providing support for parents as they deal with the children's adolescence and setting up college/career mentoring or job shadowing programs.
This video from the Teaching Channel provides a look at how one school district has greatly increased its family involvement. Its unique model has created a powerful partnership between parents and teachers across all grade levels.