Involving Parents as Partners in Education

Instructor: Ravinder Sandhu
Parents play a vital role at all stages of a child's education, and a supportive role in education can improve achievement. In this lesson, we will discuss how school and family partnership impact the students' education outcome.

Teachers as Communicators

Communication is the most important element in creating a positive relationship between parents and educators. Communication is defined as two-way information exchange. For example, if there was a lock down, it is the responsibility of the school to communicate with the parents.

If the situation at a student's home has changed, that might affect the student's concentration at school, and it is the responsibility of the parent to communicate this to the educator. It is important for teachers to keep the parents involved through communication. For elementary and middle schools, a weekly email or newsletter should be sent out a week in advance. The letter should let parents know what the child will be doing in each class and list information about any test and quiz dates, along with ways for parents to volunteer that week. Oral communication should be both negative and positive based on the situation and done on an as-needed basis. For example, when making a phone call about inappropriate behavior or academic failure (negative), be sure to call again when the situation improves (positive). The best-planned partnerships can fail if the participants cannot communicate effectively.

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