The school-home connection : forging positive relationships with parents
Source:Corwin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., p.131 (2010)
Call Number:Cubb LC226 .O44 2010
Keywords:Education--Parent participation, Parent-teacher relationships, Teacher-student relationships
Contents: Committing to the relationship. Benefits to the student -- Benefits to the teacher -- Benefits to the parent -- Benefits to the class -- Benefits to the school -- Benefits to the school district -- Recognizing different personalities. Determining personality -- Effects of personalities on your relationships -- Implications -- Dealing with difficult parents -- Identifying potential red flags. Recognizing red flags -- The likelihood rating scale -- Parent/family conditions -- Teacher conditions -- Administrator conditions -- Honing solid communication skills. Verbal communication obstacles -- Nonverbal communication obstacles -- Adopting key rules. Rule 1: be respectful -- Rule 2: be proactive -- Rule 3: no surprises -- Rule 4: 24 hours -- Rule 5: no dump trucks allowed -- Rule 6: document -- Rule 7: be prepared -- Rule 8: "I don't know" -- Rule 9: never say never -- Rule 10: never lie -- Using flexibility to enhance relationships. Common family issues needing accomodation -- Failing students -- Students with disabilities -- Families of divorce or separation -- Illness or death of a close family member -- Non-English-speaking and low-literacy families -- Counterproductive family dynamics -- Documenting and celebrating school events. What do we need to document? -- Quick, easy, and routine daily documentation methods -- Weekly or monthly newsletters -- Specialized daily contacts -- Conferences -- DVDs/CDs -- Bac-to-school nights and open houses -- Connecting home and school. Levels of parent participation -- Level one: general parental support of school activities -- Level two: parental involvement in daily school events -- Level three: parental involvement in decision-making processes -- Cultivating resources. Where do you start? -- Compiling a list of family resources -- What should your resource list look like? -- One step further -- Summarizing global lessons learned. Lesson 1: keep the student front and center -- Lesson 2: be the best communicator you can be -- Lesson 3: become user-friendly -- Lesson 4: be proactive -- Lesson 5: view parents and families as opportunities to bring diversity, interests, and talents into the classroom and school -- Lesson 6: above all, keep and use a sense of humor.