A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents: Practical Strategies for Developing Successful Relationships

A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents: Practical Strategies for Developing Successful Relationships

by Tina Taylor Dyches, Nari J. Carter, Mary Anne T Prater
     
 

ISBN-10: 0137054068

ISBN-13: 9780137054060

Pub. Date: 02/17/2011

Publisher: Pearson

Communicating with Parents: A Guide to Effective Practice is an essential guidebook for the K-12 education professional. This book takes an in-depth look at communicating with families of students in elementary and secondary schools and is founded on the most current research and practice. Divided into five main sections, this guide presents

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Communicating with Parents: A Guide to Effective Practice is an essential guidebook for the K-12 education professional. This book takes an in-depth look at communicating with families of students in elementary and secondary schools and is founded on the most current research and practice. Divided into five main sections, this guide presents evidence-based content and strategies related to: Developing Caring Relationships in Schools, Communicating with Families for Student Success, Communicating with Families throughout the School Year, Communicating with Families in Meetings, and Addressing Difficult Topics with Families. Additionally, a broad-based school population is covered with pertinent information for working with families of: general education students, students with disabilities, culturally/linguistically diverse students, students from low socioeconomic status, and students with unique gifts and talents. The evidence-based material is enhanced and illustrated with examples, graphics, and professional reproducible materials, and on every page, educators will be given the most research-based content, sound examples, practical applications, and ready-to-use resources. An indispensible guide for all K-12 general education teachers, special educators, related services personnel, and administrators for both pre-service and in-service training.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780137054060
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
02/17/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
900,532
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 — Developing Caring Relationships in Schools

Developing Caring Relationships with Your Students

Showing Interest in Each Student
Developing Caring Relationships with Special Populations

Developing Caring Relationships with Your Students’ Families

Understanding Your Students’ Family Backgrounds

Understanding the Strengths of Your Students’ Families

Understanding the Concerns of Your Students’ Families Summary

Chapter 2 — Skills for Communicating with Families

Communication Skills

Skills for Face-to-Face Communications

Skills for Written Communications

Considerations for Communicating with Diverse Types of Families

Considerations for Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Families

Considerations for Socioeconomically Diverse Families

Considerations for Families Raising Children with Different Abilities

Summary

Chapter 3 — Communicating with Families Throughout the School Year

Phone Communications

Purposes of Phone Communications

Advantages and Limitations

General Guidelines

What to Say in Phone Calls

How to Communicate During Phone Calls

Written Communications

Purposes of Written Communications

Advantages and Limitations

General Guidelines

What to Include in Written Communications

How to Create Written Communications

Electronic Communications

Purposes of Electronic Communications

Advantages and Limitations

General Guidelines

What to Include in Electronic Communications

How to Create Electronic Communications

Types of Written Communications

Disclosure Documents

Curriculum Plans

Newsletters

Homework

School-Home Notes

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Legal Documents

Summary

Chapter 4 — Communicating with Families in Meetings

Formal Meetings

Classroom Events (Back-to School Nights and Open Houses)

Teacher-Led Parent—Teacher Conferences

Student-Led Conferences

Individualized Education Program Meetings

Parent—Teacher Organization Meetings

Informal Meetings

School Visits (Hallway and Classroom Chats)

Home Visits

Parent Volunteers in Classrooms

Summary

Chapter 5 — Addressing Difficult Topics with Families

Academic Issues

What Are Academic Difficulties?

Support at School

Communicating with Parents

Social/Behavioral Issues

What Are Social/Behavioral Problems?

Support at School

Communicating with Parents

Child Abuse/Neglect

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Support at School

Communicating with Parents

Bullying

What Is Bullying?

Support at School

Communicating with Parents

School Crises/Emergencies

What Are School Crises/Emergencies?

Crisis Response and Communication Plans

Communicating with Parents

Summary

Appendix — Templates and Reproducibles

Index

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