Family Involvement Communication and Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Family Involvement Communication and Parent-Teacher Conferences . The Department of Federal and State Programs . Presenter: Margaret Shandorf. What the research says:. Parents that are not informed can not fully participate in schools.
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Family Involvement Communication andParent-Teacher Conferences The Department of Federal and State Programs Presenter: Margaret Shandorf What the research says:
  • Parents that are not informed can not fully participate in schools.
  • Parents who know their children best, are in the best position to inform schools about their children’s needs and capabilities, and are deeply invested in their children’s success.
  • Parents can support schools by knowing what changes are occurring in school practices and instruction.
  • Overview of Communication
  • Communication:
  • is a message sent and a message received.
  • considers the audience being addressed.
  • is a two-way conversation.
  • considers what message to convey.
  • Reasons Why Home-School Connection is Beneficial
  • Increases trust between schools and families.
  • Encourages higher and realistic parental expectations.
  • Serves as the first step to other types of parental involvement.
  • Leads to a higher degree of parents’ commitment to helping their children improve.
  • Puts everyone on the “same page.”
  • Benefits of Effective Family- School Communication Beneficial
  • Family-school communication and involvement:
  • yields student achievement.
  • Parent involvement is increased when:
  • parents believe that teachers keep them informed, value their contributions and offer specific suggestions.
  • Parents feel satisfied with the quality of student learning when:
  • they believe schools welcome their involvement, empower them to participate and offer strategies for student learning.
  • Teacher and Family Communication Benefits Beneficial Teachers who practice effective communication with families yield:
  • improved parent-teacher relationships.
  • stronger parental support.
  • stronger teaching abilities.
  • Six Levels of Family Involvement Beneficial
  • Communicating: communication between home and school is regular, two-way and meaningful.
  • Parenting: parenting skills are promoted and supported.
  • Student Learning: parents play an integral role in assisting student learning.
  • Six Levels of Family Involvement Beneficial
  • Volunteering: parents are welcome in the school and their support and assistance are sought.
  • School Decision Making and Advocacy: parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
  • Collaborating with Community: community resources are used to strengthen schools, families and student learning.
  • Barriers Associated with Effective Communication Beneficial
  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • Inflexible work schedule
  • Unpleasant personal school history
  • Memories of poor achievement or treatment at school
  • Cultural barriers
  • Language barriers
  • Practices to Improve Family School-Communication Beneficial
  • Offer a broad range of school and home learning experiences for parents.
  • Personally invite parents through invitation, as well as call out system.
  • Tell parents that their involvement with their child impacts student achievement.
  • Offer specific strategies such as: read to your child for 20 minutes a day and assist them with their homework.
  • Best Practices Beneficial
  • Have a routine time for the child to complete homework.
  • Set up a study area to complete homework.
  • Know your child’s schedule and teachers.
  • Communicate with school on a regular basis.
  • Model respect for family culture and language.
  • Engage students in inviting their parents to school events. Students can have a strong influence.
  • Best Practices Beneficial
  • Build on the many family involvement events that you have in place.
  • Expand the Parent University.
  • Build a Resource Room with multi-level materials.
  • Advertize your events clearly, attractively and repeatedly.
  • Make use of after school programs to enhance student achievement.
  • Best Practices Beneficial
  • Work with the ESOL coordinator, facilitator, parent liaison.
  • Involve community and agency support.
  • Plan parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.
  • Use part time in system funds to pay substitutes for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Use your SAC to review best practices and strategies of school Policy/Plan.
  • Strategy Builder BeneficialWhat have you learned? Name some barriers of family involvement. Name some best practices. Give some examples of the research. Give some benefits of family-school connection. Name the six levels of family involvement. Parent-Teacher Conferences Beneficial How? Who? What? Where? When? Why? Setting the Stage Beneficial
  • Hold conferences in an appropriate settings.
  • Provide comfortable adult chairs.
  • Post welcome signs to the classroom.
  • Teachers should refrain from sitting behind their desk.
  • Teachers should be dressed professionally.
  • Conference Do’s Beneficial
  • Teachers vocalize the positives and also the concerns about the student.
  • Use understandable familiar terms, not educational jargon.
  • Allow the parent to talk and be an active listener.
  • Remember the conference is a two-way communication.
  • Focus on one main concern/conditions that you will address.
  • Conference Do’s Beneficial
  • Avoid emotionally loaded statements.
  • Start with the positives.
  • Make the parent feel comfortable.
  • Offer strategies and materials to parent to help their child at home.
  • Conference Do’s Beneficial
  • Make sure to outline a plan of action for the student to improve academics or behavior.
  • Give parents the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Make sure that the plan is one that all are in agreement with.
  • End the conference on a positive note.
  • Follow up with parents after a reasonable amount of time.
  • Checkpoint Beneficial
  • Next time you prepare for a parent-teacher conference use these TIPS. Put a little BUG in your ear and you will be PERFECT PESTS. P- Person that prepares for conference. E- Engage parents and present information. S- Speak to the issues that impact student achievement and behavior. T- Teach and track student improvement. S- Share results with parents.
  • For Further Information Beneficial Contact: Margaret Shandorf, Resource Teacher Federal and State Programs Phone: (561) 963-3843 (PX) 43843
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