You are an essential part of the equation.
How Businesses Can Help
The “Business Tools for Better Schools” toolkit is designed to engage, energize and focus company and business organization efforts in education reform. The toolkit is geared towards both policy and practical involvement, primarily at the state and local level, in three key K-12 education reform business priorities:
- Ensuring that graduates are ready for work and college;
- Strengthening the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pipeline;
- Maximizing data-driven decisions in education.
The goal is to create a “one-stop” website where business can get the background information, facts, research and practical tools they need to effectively engage in education in their communities and states.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteering in your child’s school is one of the best ways to stay involved in his or her education. And in most schools, there are many, many ways volunteers can help.
Different schools have different volunteer positions and rules. The best way to find out where you can help is to ask your child’s teacher or call the school’s main office.
So, what if your kid is the kind who would die of embarrassment if you volunteered in his or her classroom? No problem. Just ask to help in a different class. Either way, you’ll find out more about what’s going on in your child’s school.
If you’re good at math and science, volunteer to help other students who are struggling. Talk to your teachers about volunteering to help out in your own classes or with kids in younger grades.
Teaching is a great way to strengthen your own knowledge. If your school has community service requirements, you can get credit for tutoring. And volunteer experience will look great on your future college or job applications.
Many colleges have cooperative tutoring programs with local primary schools.
If you’re an education major, you could earn credits and invaluable teaching experience by helping out in elementary, middle, or high school classes.
But you don’t have to be an education major to help a child learn. If you’re a chemistry major, for example, you could be a huge help to a kid who’s having a hard time in his or her high school chemistry class.
Many schools have evening or Saturday tutorials for students who want to improve their grades. If you’re good in science and math and would like to make a real difference in the life of a child in your community, tutoring is a great place to start. Sometimes businesses even adopt a school. To see what opportunities are available in your community, call the main office of the school where you’d like to help.