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

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Overview

Tina Taylor Dyches, Nari J. Carter, and Mary Anne Prater

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

A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents is an essential guidebook for the K-12 education professional. Founded on the most current research and practice, it takes an in-depth look at communicating with families of students in elementary and secondary schools. Divided into five main sections; this indispensable guide covers a broad-based school population including: 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 content is enhanced and illustrated with examples, graphics, and professional reproducible materials.

"I was impressed that the authors covered cyberbullying. This chapter is on the cutting-edge and alone makes A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents a worthwhile book for teachers in training."

- Blair Thompson, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

"A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents is very informational as well as practical. The templates provide concrete examples for new teachers and would be an asset for any teacher."

- Amber L. Brown, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Tina Taylor Dyches earned her Ed.D. in specialized educational development and educational administration from Illinois State University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in special education at Brigham Young University. She co-authored Guide to Writing Quality Individualized Educational Programs (Pearson, 2007) and Using Children’s Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008).

Nari Carter is currently enrolled in an Educational Research Ph.D. program at Brigham Young University. Her areas of specialization are teacher development and training. Nari co-authored What Every Teacher Should Know About: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2009). She is a contributing author of the forthcoming text, Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011).

Mary Anne Prater earned her Ph.D. in special education at Utah State University. She is currently a Professor and Department Chair at Brigham Young University. She has also taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She authored Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2007) and co-authored Using Children’s Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) and Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011).

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"I was impressed that the authors covered cyberbullying. This chapter is on the cutting-edge and alone makes A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents a worthwhile book for teachers in training."

- Blair Thompson, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

"A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents is very informational as well as practical. The templates provide concrete examples for new teachers and would be an asset for any teacher."

- Amber L. Brown, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137054060
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,226,434
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Taylor Dyches earned her Ed.D. in specialized educational development and educational administration from Illinois State University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in special education at Brigham Young University. She co-authored Guide to Writing Quality Individualized Educational Programs (Pearson, 2007) and Using Children’s Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008).

Nari Carter is currently enrolled in an Educational Research Ph.D. program at Brigham Young University. Her areas of specialization are teacher development and training. Nari co-authoredWhat Every Teacher Should Know About: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2009). She is a contributing author of the forthcoming text, Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011).

Mary Anne Prater earned her Ph.D. in special education at Utah State University. She is currently a Professor and Department Chair at Brigham Young University. She has also taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She authored Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2007) and co-authored Using Children’s Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) and Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011).

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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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