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1 School-Home Communication

2 The third Webinar in a Parent Involvement Webinar Series Provided by the Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with the Academic Development Institute

3 Our Agenda School-Home Communication Why Is School-Home Communication Important? Improving School-Home Communication What Resources are Available? Benefits of Systemically Embedded Practices Conclusion and Wrap Up

4 Why is School-Home Communication Important?

5 School-Home Communication is necessary – To inform parents and help them understand their role in their child’s academic success – To build the relationships necessary for student success – To implement research-based practices – To meet the requirements of the law

6 Improving School-Home Communication

7 Four “Ps” of School-Home Communication P ositive P ersonalized P roactive P artnership

8 Improving School-Home Communication Four “Ps” of School-Home Communication – Positive – Past history makes parents wary of communication with schools – Positive communication promotes positive relationships – Think of ways to communicate positively on a regular basis

9 Improving School-Home Communication Four “Ps” of School-Home Communication – Personalized – Always communicate in the language spoken in the home (this is a requirement of Title I for English Language Learners) – Find resources to help you write words in your student’s home language – Xeroxed memos are information…not communication – Families are on “information overload” so jot down a personal note to make it stand out from the rest

10 Improving School-Home Communication Four “Ps” of School-Home Communication – Proactive – Notify parents of concerns…don’t wait until there’s an issue (then work together on the solution) – Provide plenty of notice for special events – Keep parents informed of classroom rules, expectations, and current lesson emphasis

11 Improving School-Home Communication Four “Ps” of School-Home Communication – Partnership – Well-informed parents make better partners – Make it two-way and encourage parents to respond with their comments and concerns – Take the lead in modeling “partnership” behaviors

12 Available Resources

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14 Communication Resources – PIA Tool – School Community Compact – Homework – Information using Technology – Teacher to Parent Telephone Calls – Passing Notes – Newsletters – Parent Bulletin Board – And More

15 Available Resources Communication through Connections – PIA Tool – Open House – Parent Teacher Conferences – Family Nights – Parent Room – Home Visits – And More

16 School-Home Communication Communication Resources – Reading rockets 2 – Harvard Family Research publications/home-school-communication-what-s-all-the-commotion – Parent Teacher Education Connection uction&page=importance

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18 IllinoisParents.org Resources

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20 Benefits of Systemic Practices

21 Systemic Practices – Policies provide for systemic processes to become standing practices that span grade levels – Practices embedded in policy work to ensure best practices even through administrative and personnel changes – Sustained evidence-based practices carry promise for long-term student success – Provides continuity of expectations for families

22 Putting it All Together

23 Be mindful of the difference between information and communication Practice the 4 P’s Quality relationships create quality partnerships Policies put intentions into action and allow for sustained practices

24 Parent Involvement as a Collaborative Process Thank you for joining us today Please join us on February 24 from 3:30 – 5:00 for

25 Resources and References Works Cited Patrikakou, E, et al. (2002) Partnerships: Positive Communication Between Parents and Teachers (for teachers) Philadelphia, PA: Temple University: Laboratory for Student Success, Harvard Family Research Project. Home-School Communication. Cambridge, MA, 24 January Parent Teacher Education Connection. The Importance of Home and School Communication. Washington, DC, 24 January American Federation of Teachers. Building Parent-Teacher Relationships. Washington, DC, 24 January 2011.

26 Today’s Presenters Illinois State Board of Education Joseph Banks, ISBE Chicago Gail Bouy, ISBE Springfield Academic Development Institute Reatha Owen, Director of Families and Schools


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