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The Department of Federal and State Programs Presenter: Margaret Shandorf
Parents that are not informed can not fully participate in schools. Parents who know their children best, are in the best position to inform schools about their children’s needs and capabilities, and are deeply invested in their children’s success. Parents can support schools by knowing what changes are occurring in school practices and instruction.
Communication: is a message sent and a message received. considers the audience being addressed. is a two-way conversation. considers what message to convey.
Increases trust between schools and families. Encourages higher and realistic parental expectations. Serves as the first step to other types of parental involvement. Leads to a higher degree of parents’ commitment to helping their children improve. Puts everyone on the “same page.”
Family-school communication and involvement: yields student achievement. Parent involvement is increased when: parents believe that teachers keep them informed, value their contributions and offer specific suggestions. Parents feel satisfied with the quality of student learning when: they believe schools welcome their involvement, empower them to participate and offer strategies for student learning.
Teachers who practice effective communication with families yield: improved parent-teacher relationships. stronger parental support. stronger teaching abilities.
Communicating: communication between home and school is regular, two-way and meaningful. Parenting: parenting skills are promoted and supported. Student Learning: parents play an integral role in assisting student learning.
Volunteering: parents are welcome in the school and their support and assistance are sought. School Decision Making and Advocacy: parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families. Collaborating with Community: community resources are used to strengthen schools, families and student learning.
Transportation Childcare Inflexible work schedule Unpleasant personal school history Memories of poor achievement or treatment at school Cultural barriers Language barriers
Offer a broad range of school and home learning experiences for parents. Personally invite parents through invitation, as well as call out system. Tell parents that their involvement with their child impacts student achievement. Offer specific strategies such as: read to your child for 20 minutes a day and assist them with their homework.
Have a routine time for the child to complete homework. Set up a study area to complete homework. Know your child’s schedule and teachers. Communicate with school on a regular basis. Model respect for family culture and language. Engage students in inviting their parents to school events. Students can have a strong influence.
Build on the many family involvement events that you have in place. Expand the Parent University. Build a Resource Room with multi-level materials. Advertize your events clearly, attractively and repeatedly. Make use of after school programs to enhance student achievement.
Work with the ESOL coordinator, facilitator, parent liaison. Involve community and agency support. Plan parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. Use part time in system funds to pay substitutes for parent-teacher conferences. Use your SAC to review best practices and strategies of school Policy/Plan.
Name some barriers of family involvement. Name some best practices. Give some examples of the research. Give some benefits of family-school connection. Name the six levels of family involvement.
Hold conferences in an appropriate settings. Provide comfortable adult chairs. Post welcome signs to the classroom. Teachers should refrain from sitting behind their desk. Teachers should be dressed professionally.
Teachers vocalize the positives and also the concerns about the student. Use understandable familiar terms, not educational jargon. Allow the parent to talk and be an active listener. Remember the conference is a two-way communication. Focus on one main concern/conditions that you will address.
Avoid emotionally loaded statements. Start with the positives. Make the parent feel comfortable. Offer strategies and materials to parent to help their child at home.
Make sure to outline a plan of action for the student to improve academics or behavior. Give parents the opportunity to ask questions. Make sure that the plan is one that all are in agreement with. End the conference on a positive note. Follow up with parents after a reasonable amount of time.
Next time you prepare for a parent-teacher conference use these TIPS. Put a little BUG in your ear and you will be PERFECT PESTS. P- Person that prepares for conference. E- Engage parents and present information. S- Speak to the issues that impact student achievement and behavior. T- Teach and track student improvement. S- Share results with parents.
Contact: Margaret Shandorf, Resource Teacher Federal and State Programs Phone: (561) 963-3843 (PX) 43843