A collection of effective resources, ideas, and practices for keeping parents informed and involved all year long
Teaching Tip: Quick and Easy Parent Communication
Send postcards for a cheap, unexpected way to get parents' attention.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
At times, getting a hold of my students' parents becomes quite challenging. My phone calls go unanswered. Any correspondence I send in the mail gets returned. Notes that are sent home with Junior do not make it into the hands of his mom or dad. This is why I recommend sending postcards. Most major bookstore chains have free postcards available near the exit doors. Here are some advantages for using postcards as a way to communicate with parents.
- Postage for postcards costs less than that of standard postage.
- Simply writing "need to speak to you at your earliest convenience" can do the trick.
- Messages as simple as this can be easily translated for non-English speaking parents.
- Postcards are also a great way to tell parents what is happening in your class.
- Most office software has a mail merge system that you can use with postcards.
- Reminding both students and parents that "research papers are due on the 29th" can increase the number of completed assignments.
- My favorite postcards to send home are the ones informing parents that their student has accomplished something in class. Messages such as "I'm so happy Isabella earned an A on her essay!" can make the whole family proud.
- Postcards are easy for parents to place on the fridge to use as reminders for those important meetings and school events.
Weve compiled a list of resources that focus on building mutual trust with parents, including articles on parent-teacher conferences, open school night, and how to involve hard-to-reach parents.