Building Strong Relationships With Parents
and Strengthening Students' Chances for Academic Success
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Building mutual trust with students' parents helps you build a strong foundation for learning. Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences? Print out this student-observation form to organize your thoughts on students' strengths and areas where they need to improve. Ask parents to fill out a record of their own observations.
Looking for resources for your students' families? Point them to our School Involvement guide, written for parents who want to be more active in their child's education. Discover more creative and effective ideas on how to stay connected to parents and motivate them to become more involved in the classroom in the articles below, and in our Teacher Advisors' parent communication strategies.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create and use a newsletter template to keep in touch with 25-30 different households.
Appear more approachable and encourage parents to contact you by adopting these eight tips.
A teacher reveals the convenience and benefits of communicating with parents via postcards.
Is open school night fast approaching? Here are 44 tips, activity ideas, and last-minute reminders to guarantee a great back-to-school celebration.
Follow these simple steps for communicating with parents whose first language is not English, so that you can encourage families to support student learning outside the classroom.
New teachers, make a board that you can use to organize take-home notes. First year teachers will also find these that these ideas come in handy for tracking progress towards students'goals.
If you're a new teacher, use these helpful resources for planning your first parent-teacher conferences. They include sample forms, suggestions for the arranging the setting, and advice on conducting the conference.
Seasoned teachers share their secrets on how to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. Suggestions focus on how to present strengths and weaknesses of students thoughtfully.
Learn the benefits of student-lead conferences. When students take the lead, parents and teachers alike gain insight about the child's learning.
A wealth of teacher-tested ideas for drawing all families into the school community.
See strategies that work such as deputizing a class mom and hosting monthly family nights.
Here's how to open lines of communication with parents, ones that will last all year long and that will lead to relationships that are respectful, reciprocal, inclusive, thoughtful, and planned.