As educators, we’re not strangers to working on teams. We work with our colleagues to enrich the curriculum; we work with our peers to monitor the lunchroom and playground; we work with our students to determine their path to success. And of course, we tag-team with parents to cheer students on, hold them accountable, and look out for their best interests.
With increasingly personalized MAP results that pinpoint exact areas for students’ focus, communicating with parents becomes at once easier and more important. Thankfully, as parents familiarize themselves with the results, teamwork becomes more seamless as a clear, custom plan for their child emerges.
So, how do we get parents on-board? The first step is understanding. It’s up to us to demystify MAP for parents, just as we did for ourselves and our students. Below are some ways to help parents feel confident in their understanding and courageous about tag-teaming a plan for their student’s success.
- First, direct parents to a dedicated NWEA parents’ page, designed to demystify MAP and answer questions. It includes a very helpful video to explain the intent behind MAP testing.
- Advocate for your school to have a MAP fluency night. A presentation on common vocabulary and an explanation of the test alleviates confusion and explains the ultimate purpose of the test: to get student-level data to tailor instruction to their specific needs. Community Consolidated School District 181 even filmed theirs for parents who could not attend!
- For a more personal option, consider sharing an orientation video that you make yourself and post to YouTube for parents who wish to watch at home. Consider including automatic subtitles (in the original language or a translated version!) for increased accessibility.
- Rather let NWEA explain? Invite parents to join NWEA for a free webinar, “Introduction to NWEA and MAP.”
- You can always post a link to or embed the Parent’s Guide to MAP!
The more parents are aware of the game-plan, the more confident they’ll feel on the court! Have any other ideas of how to gear up for the season? Let us know in the comments below!