I recently ran across a report, Doing What Matters Most: How Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed in School. IN reviewing 30 years of research, they found four key things parents can do:
1. Have high expectations,
2. Talk about school at home,
3. Help students develop positive attitudes about learning and a good work ethic, and
4. Read with their sons and daughters.
Here's a tip sheet, designed for principals, with concrete suggestions for each of these four areas.