The Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships works with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) to implement the Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) program in selected elementary schools around SPPS. Teachers who elect to participate attend training, and participate in debrief sessions to learn from each other.
About APTT in Saint Paul Public Schools
Teachers and staff work hard with every student to ensure that students meet or exceed grade-level learning goals. We believe in all of our students and their capacity to learn and achieve academic success. We know, and educational research proves that when families support student learning at home, there is an increase in grades, attendance, learning attitudes, positive behavior, homework completion, social skills, state test results, and college attendance. APTT is an additional approach to supporting all students in reaching their full academic potential.
The goal of the APTT model is to promote family-teacher collaboration to drive student achievement. Teachers review and compile student data and share with parents skill building activities that can be used at home to support student learning. There are three APTT meetings per year, and all APTT team meetings will be 75 minutes in length. One of the meetings will be held instead of a traditional parent-teacher conference, but there is still one traditional conference per year. The meetings will cover the following:
- A review of student progress data
- The establishment of academic goals
- A demonstration of activities to use at home
- An opportunity for parents to meet each other and build community