5 Characteristics of Successful Partnerships Create a family-like schoolWelcome all familiesDevelop a personal relationship with parentsUse multiple forms of communicationProvide specific information to parentsGive parents positive feedbackActive listening- listen and respect parents input and opinionDemonstrate commitment-ongoing communicationCreate an equal partnership
6 The Essential Question: What Roles Do Parents Play In Education? Within the Montgomery Township School District parents have the opportunity to play 3 specific roles in the involvement of their child’s education.CommunicationGovernanceParticipation
7 First Role- Communication Is the continuous dialogue between parents, teachers, and administrators. Communication is where the school to home connection is made. Where parents and teachers can help one another better understand the student and help that student to be successful.
8 Second Role- Participation When parents have the opportunity to have direct involvement in the school’s day to day activities. This can be through volunteer activities both within the child’s classroom and throughout the school.
9 Third Role-Governance The opportunity to be involved in more structured groups where the voice of parents is desired. Parents are invited to share their voice on school programs, practices and decision making.
10 How Do We Currently Involve Parents? Let’s take a look at what programs we currently have established within our district that focus on these areas.Communication:Bi-Weekly teacher newslettersMonthly school communication from administratorsDistrict and school websitesHome VisitsParent-Teacher Conferences/phone callsParticipation:Helping Hands-within teacher classroomsRecess Duty SupervisorsDaily library clerksSchool wide presentationsAssessment supportersIEP processGovernanceSpecial Education Parent Teacher Association and PTA’sPrincipal’s Round TableParent-Teacher Advisory CouncilParent Representatives for curriculum committees
12 What makes a good teacher communicator What makes a good teacher communicator? A teacher who takes the time to get to know and understand the whole child.Views home/school relationship as vital to student’s success.Has a sense and interest in the whole child:Home life, family members, pets, likes and dislikesOut of school activities, interests and hobbiesIs aware of:Students learning style: strengths/weaknesses, necessary modifications – IEP if applicableBehavior triggersBehavior modification strategies that are used at home
13 What makes a good teacher communicator? Provide REGULAR Communications with DETAILED informationParents need to know how to help their child be successful at school, and how to best help their child at home.Students who learn and behave differently are not always the best communicators, organizers or have the best memoriesKeep websites and Parent Resources up to date with detailed information about assignments so parents can get assignment information/notes without having to contact the teacherLet parents know if a student is slipping in some area – i.e., major assignments missing/incomplete before it is too lateLet parents know if there are behavioral issues in the classroom that you and he/she can work out togetherParents need to know the school rules and class boundaries and consequences so they can help reinforce at home
14 What makes a good teacher communicator? Try to understand Parents of Children who learn and behave differently:Parents want to hear from their child’s teachers, but be sensitive.Student may have behavioral, medical, learning and emotional issues…therefore….the parentMay be hyper sensitive to your tone of voice and choice of wordsNeed to hear the positives as well as the negatives. They might be used to everyone pointing out what is wrong with their child vs. what is right with their child
15 What makes a good teacher communicator? Knowing WHEN and HOW to communicate:Thinks twice about timing and contentExample 1: s are great but very black and white. They can often be misread and misunderstood.Example 2: A call on a Friday afternoon often leads to frustration and worry. All phone calls should always be returned.Teachers should try to understand parental work situations and avoid communicating at work unless it is very importantLet parents know when and how to reach you.
16 What makes a good teacher communicator? A teacher who makes it easy for the parent to share sensitive and personal informationA teacher who can build trust, integrity and understanding and who can build a professional and caring relationshipA teacher who is approachable – not judgmentalMaybe with a smile and sense of confidentialityA teacher who addresses problems early – does not let them fester
18 What makes a good parent communicator? Home LifeViews home / school relationship as vital to the child’s successSees teacher as having a MAJOR role in their child's lifeInforms the teacher of the whole childShares sensitive and confidential information. (Behavior, emotional, medical, physical, changes in the household, siblings, trips and major events)Tip: if your child isn’t sleeping or eating well or if dad is away…this might effect the child's behavior during school…so PLEASE ….let the teacher know
19 What makes a good parent communicator? CommunicationMakes time for the teacher – understands that their child is one of many…immediate attention is not always possibleAvoids unnecessary communicationSend in timely paperwork, attend school events, home work, etc.Acknowledges that the parent is the expert resource for their child but listens to comments of the teacher and other school professionals with open mindsInform your teachers of the best communication methodsTry not to compare previous teachers but mention strategies that have worked in the pastSpeak directly with the teacher before going up the chainDO NOT Call at teacher at homeDO NOT use Back To School Nights or trips as conferences
20 What makes a good parent communicator? Tips:Build a strong TEAM for your childView the teacher and school professionals as part of your child's TEAM –Remember we are all on the same side.Do not show up outside the class room before or after school unless invitedKeep an open mindBe open to new ideas or new ways of doing thingsAcknowledge, understand, accept your child's issuesLearn to celebrate them, remove the guilt and blameTeachers are teachers and parents are parentsDo not expect each other to fill each other’s role
21 What makes a good parent/teacher communicator? “If you promise not to believe all your child says to me, I promise not to believe all they say about you “
22 Why develop stronger parent/teacher relationships? We will now use a forest metaphor to explain the importance of school-community-and family partnerships, and its effect on student learning.Taken from
23 Youth Success Requires a Healthy Ecosystem Taken from
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