As a Parent
- Provide a variety of reading materials in your home and read regularly to your child.
- Help your child with homework or find a family member or friend who can help each day.
- Substitute TV watching with conversation, physical activity, reading, and educational games.
- Make sure your child goes to school ready to learn every day by having a proper breakfast beforehand.
- Talk with your child’s teacher on a regular basis to find out how your child is doing and see if there are any areas that need improvement.
- Make sure your child attends school regularly.
- Find a tutoring or mentoring organization that can help your child, if necessary.
- Talk to your child about the importance of postsecondary education and the impact it will have on their future.
- Seek opportunities to expand your own education.
- Seek assistance in developing a financial plan for your child’s education, including learning more about financial aid and scholarships.
- Make sure your child receives regular checkups from a pediatrician or family doctor
As a Teacher
- Help parents understand how their child is doing in reading and how they are meeting proficiency standards across all grade levels
- Warmly greet young people when you encounter them, wherever you encounter them
- Attend youth events
- If you are an experienced teacher, consider being a mentor or coach for a teacher newer to the profession.
- Join a professional learning community to share your knowledge and expertise with other
As a Volunteer
- Help create a community conversation around the importance of literacy in the early grades and about the importance of postsecondary education.
- Become a tutor and help children in kindergarten through third grade learn to read.
- Become a mentor and help high school students graduate and move on to college or other training.
- Invite Educate Midland representatives to talk to your church group or social group.
- Mentor a young person.
- Donate books to early childhood programs.
As a Business Owner / Employer
- Promote the advantages of high-quality early childhood education to your employees.
- Encourage your employees to become tutors or mentors.
- Provide time off for your employees to meet with their child’s teachers and/or volunteer.
- Provide scholarship assistance or summer employment to college students who attended a MISD high school.
- Provide internships, apprenticeships and job-shadowing opportunities for youth.
- Share your career expertise with students by participating in local career fairs and events.
As a Church Member or Leader
- Host meetings to encourage discussion about education within your congregation.
- Encourage school-age children to attend school regularly and, if needed, to get connected to mentors or tutors.
- Encourage adults to become more involved in the education of the children in their lives.
- Encourage high school students to apply for college and for financial aid and scholarships
As a Philanthropist
- Fund what has proven to work in boosting academic achievement and post-secondary success.