[Editor’s Note: This story is Part 1 of our month-long series on “What it means to teach Gen Z.” Check back every Monday in April to read the next installment!]

A huge body of research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education results in higher student achievement, both academically and behaviorally. I’ve been in K-12 education for 22 years, serving in roles from teacher to superintendent, and my students have always shown greater success when their parents are involved in the educational process. However, parents today are busy people, so connecting with them can be complicated to arrange.

I currently serve...

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Shawn Bishop is the principal at Max Larsen Elementary in Coldwater, MI. He has served in the role of principal in other districts, as well as teacher, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.