On September 22, Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller visited Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., to recognize and celebrate the importance of parental involvement in education. Miller joined representatives from the Montgomery County Public Schools for a tour of classrooms and spoke to more than 300 local parents and children who gathered for the school’s first “Family Learning Night” of the academic year.
“Perhaps most of all, children need caring and committed parents supporting them—not just when they succeed, but also when they fall behind and need extra help.” Miller said. “Parents—like those of you who are here tonight—need to be actively involved in your children’s education and take responsibility for their success. If we are going to offer children of all races, nationalities, and ethnicities the education they need and deserve—not just here at Viers Mill, but across the country—everyone must guide and encourage our children.”
Viers Mill Elementary School creates a partnership with parents that extends beyond encouraging their support for the school and being aware of the material their children are being taught during the day. Every month, the school hosts a Family Learning Night during which time parents can interact with teachers, receive information about school objectives, and learn about activities that they can do at home to reinforce the lessons their children are learning in the classroom. Viers Mill was the recipient of a 2005 National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
See photos of Deputy Secretary Miller’s visit.