What is TIPS?
TIPS (Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork) is a research-based parent involvement program that was developed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. This six-hour training is for teachers of Kindergarten through grade eight, and is a program for increasing parent involvement and successful student achievement. Teachers are trained to use a template for developing interactive homework assignments. This process involves a three-way partnership between students, family members, and the teacher. A unique feature of a TIPS assignment is that it requires students to complete the homework and then talk to someone at home about what they are learning in school. TIPS also provides opportunities for home-school communication. Families can comment on their children’s work and also ask for additional information from teachers.
For more information or to schedule a TIPS training, please contact Mari T. Fernandez, Ph.D., Director, Florida PIRC at USF.