Working On Our Relationships With Parents

At schools and as school leaders, we should be having an epiphany of sorts if we haven’t already done so.  We should be understanding that instead of wishing our students’ parents were our partners, we should be working intentionally on our relationships with them to make it so. The impact of school makes up aboutContinue reading “Working On Our Relationships With Parents”

What If Your Students Increased Their Effort at School? Partnering w/Parents

Schools need parents and parents need schools, and we all need the community as well.  According to years of research, we know that the contribution that schools make to a student’s academic performance is roughly one-third, while the other two-thirds come from home and community contributions. Here’s a way to look at how well weContinue reading “What If Your Students Increased Their Effort at School? Partnering w/Parents”

“Partnering With” Parents Much More Effective Than “Dealing With” Them

At your school, do you deal with parents, or do you partner with them?  There’s a definite difference and it begins with you as the school’s leader. In my travels, many teachers and school leaders believe that parents of students today are different.  Teachers leaving the profession note that parental engagement and challenges with parents are among the chiefContinue reading ““Partnering With” Parents Much More Effective Than “Dealing With” Them”

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