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Teacher and Parent Partnership

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Nicole Barner

on 21 February 2013

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Presented by: In this presentation, we will explore four different
areas of parent and teacher partnerships in order
to best service students. What will you learn? Behavior
Connections Parent Utilizing
Technology In order to view all the resources used for this presentation, please view the attached word document. Resources Nicole Barner
Kellie Mackesy
Jenny Sarkela
Laura Wayne Behavior
Connections Parent & Teacher Communication Sharing in the
IEP Process Utilizing
Technology Within each area, we will discuss best practice strategies to keep parents and teachers connected. Parent & Teacher Partnership Strategies Let's get
started... Teacher Communication “Strong family–school connections have been linked to increased achievement and performance, improved homework completion and accuracy, enhanced student engagement and efficacy, decreases in absenteeism and truancy, lower grade retention and drop-out rates, and decreases in disruptive behaviors,” (Kim). As teachers, we understand the importance of positive parent/teacher partnerships and they have much power in a student’s overall educational experience. There are many beneficial strategies and ways to enhance this vital relationship, and it is critical that a range of strategies, adapted to the needs of particular families and their schedules, be included into a general plan. The following approaches are recommended by the American Federation of Teachers. Important
for Effective
Communication Teachers should initiate contact as soon as they know which students will be in their classroom for the school year. Contact can occur by means of an introductory phone call or a letter to the home introducing yourself to the parents and establishing expectations. Initiation Timeliness Adults should make contact soon after a problem has been identified, so a timely solution can be found. Waiting too long can create new problems, possibly through the frustration of those involved. Consistency &
Frequency Parents want frequent, ongoing feedback about how their children are performing. Follow Through Parents and teachers each want to see that the other will actually do what they say they will do. Clarity &
Usefulness of Information Parents and teachers should have the information they need to help students, in a form and language that makes sense to them. Positivity Begin communication efforts with something positive about the student to help ease into discussion on a good note. Helpful Communication Strategies These strategies can be used to effectively communicate with parents. Parent Newsletters
Annual Open Houses
Curriculum Nights
Home visits (when necessary)
Phone Calls & E-mails
Annual School Calendars Inserts in Local Newspapers
"Special Persons" Day
Homework Hotlines
Annual Field Days
Communication Officer at PTA Meetings
Having an "Open Door" Policy for Parents Opportunities to volunteer in the classroom
Parent Workshops
Classroom Website
Communication focused on both mother and father
Events such as "Mother's Day Tea" or "Donuts with Dad"
Good News Announcements "Surprise a Parent
Strategy" “Research shows that school-home communication is greatly increased through personalized positive telephone contact between teachers and parents. Remember, when a phone call from school conveys good news, the atmosphere between home and school improves,” American Federation of Teachers. Sharing in the
IEP Process Who should be involved? Parent
General Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
LEA Representative
Any one else with valuable
information (Speech, OT, PT) Before the IEP Meeting What should parents do? Provide copies of any new
assessments or information
from outside professionals Make a list of
your Top 10 concerns
about your child If the school provides a
parent feedback form
before the meeting, then
complete it and return it
as soon as possible Review the draft IEP
and copies of school
assessments Before the IEP
Meeting What should the school do? Ensure invitations are sent well ahead of date to ensure scheduled time and place will work for parent and change if needed. Get written input from general education teachers Send home a parent input form, if used by the district Depending on the age of the student, you can gather information from them Send home a draft IEP and copies of all assessments for parents to review prior to the IEP meeting What should all
members do during the IEP meeting? Respect, Respect, Respect
Be mindful of the seating arrangement
(Allow the parent to sit next to or
in close proximity to the editor)
Introduce all members
Provide each member with a draft
IEP to assist in creating the
working document Review & highlight parent rights
Use an agenda to keep focus and
ensure that all concerns are addressed
Each party should share strengths
and weaknesses
Educators should be cautious in using
educational jargon
Use "I Message" language Document what is said and decided upon
during the meeting
Agree how communication between school and
home will be handled
Decide how each side can handle both educational
and behavioral issues consistently across both
school and home settings
Following the meeting or within 48 hours, be
sure all parties involved have a copy of the IEP Educators encourage meaningful parent participation and there are a number of ways that technology can help connect parents to the classroom. Technology can provide greater ease of access of student grade information, improve communication between teachers and parents, and provide an avenue for parents to have a more meaningful role in the learning process. Here are 11 ways that
technology can be utilized to keep parents and teachers connected. Class Web Page A class web page provides contact and biographical information, updates about classroom activities, a school calendar, a place to communicate with the teacher, and documents student achievement. This is first step in opening up a window of communication for both parents and teachers. E-mail List An e-mail list provides a means for classroom updates for parents. This provides a shortcut to quickly contact all parents in the classroom about special events. It is also a great way to contact parents about student progress. Class Newsletter A class newsletter should be used regularly and sent home consistently such as weekly or monthly. It can be created using a word processing program or an on-line program. It can include photos of students, examples of student work, and upcoming events such as field trips. Blogging Blogging can be used as an alternative to a classroom newsletter. You can provide all of the same information but outline an send brief reminders to parents to check the blog for updates on their child's progress and daily activities. Twitter Account A twitter account can be used for homework updates, projects, tests, daily behavior, or academic reports. If you would like parents to have the ability to write back to you easily, but without total freedom, twitter is a great option. It allows teachers to sent home quick updates to parents and get brief responses from parents. Make Videos Videos can be used to record classroom activities and student accomplishments. Sites such as Teacher Tube, You Tube, and Vimeo can be used to supplement learning. With parent permission, teachers can film interesting events and upload the content to a video sharing website to be viewed by parents. Live Chats Live chats such as iChats, Skype, or Elluminate can used to easily hold meetings with parents. Parents and teachers can discuss student progress and concerns without ever having to leave the house. This allows for easier conferencing for working parents. Virtual Open House Virtual Open Houses can be used to share curriculum, classroom rules, progress reports, and classroom activities. Forums such as Twiddla and Zoho can be used. Most of these tools are free and allow for multiple particpants to communicate with each other about shared ideas. Parent Portal Parent Portal is a great grading system to easily share student updates regularly. It provides ongoing access to grades and behavior reports. Management sites such as Moodle, Retiker, iPass, Edmodo can be used to share this information with parents. Some districts may have this set up for you already. Online Photo Collection Teachers can create an online photo album for parents to view. Parents can also upload pictures of their childrens accomplishments for teachers to view. A great forum for creating an online photo collection is Drop Event. This allows for great collaboration between parents and teachers. iPad & iPod
Communication If your school is fortunate enough to have iPads and or iPods for use, there are so many wonderful things you can do. Voice memos can be used to report about a student's day to be shared at home. Parents can use voice memos to respond or ask questions. Calandar and other planner applications can be used for both parents and teachers to add important dates, assignments, or field trips to share at home and school. Those areas include: We hope you enjoyed our presentation and learned some valuable strategies to keep parents and teachers connected. Behavior Interventions Behavior interventions yield positive and effective modifications to student's behavior but are typically enforced by teachers alone. Parents have the most information about students' behavior history and home enviornment. Their input is valuable. Behavior interventions are most effective when both parents and teachers are actively involved. When parents and teachers utilize the behavior intervention consistently, it helps students to generalize and use the desired behavior over multiple settings and situations. The following steps should be followed in order to effectively colloborate with parents and practioners in creating behavior interventions. Understanding Parents & Family Allow the family to share their struggles
Be an understanding listener in order to build a
trusting relationship and rapport with the family
Identify parents stengths and capabilities to
address challenging behavior
Obtain any helpful information Help Parents Understand the Behavioral Apporach Discuss the advantages and importance of
behavior interventions
Explain the appropriateness of the intervention
for the chld
Help understand enviornmental factors that might
be maintaining or reinforcing the behavior
Provide clear expectations Collaborate with Parents to
Design Behavior Intervention Use training videos to discuss observable events
Help identify the child's behavior, antecedents, and consequences to form a plan
Agree on goals for both school and home
Share Functional Behavior Assessment Results
Training Parents to be
Intervention Agents Teacher parents to identify and record behavior
Teach parents how to respond to problem behavior
Model intervention procedures
Provide guided practice as well as specific feedback
Encourage Parents to Teach
Other Family Members Encourage parents, siblings, babysitters, or anyone with
frequent contact to follow procedures
This will maximize effectiveness and help children to
generalize their behavior in many settings Maintain and Extend Intervention Regard parents as valuable and collaborative
decision makers
Provide information and resources
Be sensitive to the family and flexible
Offer support groups to avoid feelings of isolation
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