Presentation on theme: "Creating Meaningful Parent-Teacher Partnerships"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating Meaningful Parent-Teacher Partnerships Presented by Mary Louise Silva,Director of Parent & Community Engagement(213) ext or (818)
2 What has been your past experience working with parents? What was the outcome?What would you do differently or the same?Willliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
3 Workshop Goal:Provide teachers with research-based strategies to establish meaningful partnerships with parents.Provide tools for TCRP Domain 4.4.Willliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
4 Expected Outcomes: You will learn: Why the parent-teacher relationship is importantWhat the ideal teacher/parent partnership looks likeHow to overcome barriersWays to open lines of communication with parentsWillliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
5 Parent Involvement = Student Success Higher grades and test scoresImproved attendanceBetter social skillsMore likely to graduate from high school and go on to collegeWillliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
6 Review: Parent Engagement & Parent Involvement What do the words mean to you?Willliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
7 When schools engage parents, parents become involved! Parent Engagement is a phrase used to describe the work of schools and organizations as they engage parents to become involved in their child’s education.Parent Involvement is a phrase used to describe how parents participate at home and in their child’s education.
8 Alliance Core Values: High expectations for all students Small, personalized schools and classroomsIncreased instructional timeHighly qualified principals and teachersWORKING WITH PARENTS AS PARTNERS
9 Alliance Parent Engagement Model: 40-Hour Annual Volunteer Commitment1. School Support2. Academic Support
10 TCRP - Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities 4.4Develop two-way communication with families about student learning and achievementInitiation of meaningful communicationResponsiveness to parent inquiries and communicationInclusion of the family as a partner in learning decisionsLevel III
11 Research has proven….When parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits.Students tend to earn higher grades, perform better on tests, attend school more regularly, have better behavior, show more positive attitudes toward themselves and toward school.Teacher morale improves.Teachers are free to focus on the task of teaching.Parents are more involved in their child’s school experience..Willliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
12 Its not always clear to families and schools how to form meaningful parent-teacher partnerships (beyond parent-teacher conferences, Back to School Night and Open House) to support student learning.
13 What needs to happen first? Willliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
14 Teachers and parents need to embrace certain attributes and behaviors.
15 Attributes that support meaningful partnerships: Teachers:WarmthOpennessSensitivityFlexibilityReliabilityAccessibilityParents:WarmthSensitivityNurturanceAbility to listenConsistencyPersonal competence
16 Teacher behavior that leads to successful family-school partnerships: Model respect and communication skillsPromote teamwork philosophyShow genuine interestPositive attitudeRespond to parents concernsShare expectations
17 What does a meaningful parent-teacher partnership look like?
18 Parent-teacher partnerships occur when: Teachers value the role of “parents as teachers” and believe that learning occurs at home and at schoolParents respect and regard teachers as a “second parent”Learning is regarded as a shared responsibilityTeachers and parents reach out to one another to get to know each other informallyTeachers and parents commit to working together to solve problems
19 Parent-teacher partnerships occur when: Teachers actively plan to involve parents (home visits, class work demonstrations, student/parent learning activities)Parents feel welcomed and are invited to help out in the classroomTeachers and parents communicate on a regular basis (two-way communication)Parents actively seek and share informationTeachers share strategies with parents to help a student improve/advance
20 What are some barriers to positive teacher-parent relations?
21 Barriers to positive partnerships for parents: Not feeling valued or treated with respectLack of trustEmbarrassment about student’s progress or behaviorFrustration (school may have allowed a problem to escalate)Fear of not understanding recommendationsFocus only on the negative
22 Barriers to positive partnerships for teachers: Cultural differencesNot enough timeDifferences in viewing rolesDiscomfort/dread (previous negative experience)Communication challenges (language/interpersonal skills)Minimal school-to-home communicationWillliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
23 Alliance-wide Summer Conference 2010 Effective Teacher Communication = Strong Trusting Relationships with ParentsAlliance-wide Summer Conference 2010
24 Communication Strategies: Before or at the beginning of the school year:Contact every parent and get to know parents informallyIf necessary, schedule a home visit (stress that you regard parents as valuable partners)Send a letter or introducing yourself (include when and how you can be reached)Send syllabus home with a syllabus contractShare teacher-parent conference tipsWillliam & Carol Ouchi High School - Professional Development
25 Communication Strategies: During the school year:Leave regular phone or messages (share something positive)Promptly return calls and respond to messages or notesSet up a meeting to alert parents regarding a potential problemAssign student/parent learning activities or homeworkPrepare for parent-teacher conferences
26 Communication Strategies: During school year:Create a website or blog to share homework, projects, and what students are learningInvite parents to visit your classroomHost a webcam or podcast session (create a link for parents to login live to watch a lesson being presented)Organize a Family Night
27 Communication Strategies: When meeting with parents:Remember to smile and shake handsBe mindful of your tone of voice and mannerismsUse your school’s translation servicesBe willing to truly listenAdmit to your mistakesSolicit input from parents/students before a decision is madeDevelop a cooperative action plan (if necessary)27The Alliance-wide Summer Conference 201027
28 Teacher-Parent Action Plan Describe the activityIndicate resources neededList the steps you are going to take to complete the activity