Parent /Teacher Communication Working as a team for the benefit of the child Parent/Teacher Conferences пЃ® Problem solving пЃ® Information getting пЃ® Student work assessment (grading conference) PREVENTIVE STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH PARENTS п‚§ Find people in the community or at school who can translate пЃ® Offer clarifications proactively when confusion might be possible пЃ® Label spaces in the classroom and school in familiesвЂ™ home languages пЃ® Go out of your way to acknowledge parents Preventive Strategies (conвЂ™t) пЃ® Help parents understand expectations for student work пЃ® Adjust classroom activities when possible to respect familiesвЂ™ values/issues пЃ® Understand and work with extended school absences. пЃ® Consider using a modified Morning Meeting format at Back To School Night, particularly if you are doing Preventive Strategies for the First 6 Weeks of School пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® Help parents feel welcomed and valued. Welcome parents to play an active role. Build community among parents Start early with a special parent conference - invite parents to share their hopes, dreams, goals for their child. Send out a family interest inventory Communicate about homework Remember the small daily interactions find opportunities to connect. Steps in Planning and Conducting Parent Conference пЃ® Formulate your message. пЃ® Use familiar terms, not jargon. пЃ® Avoid emotion-laden statements пЃ® Describe specific circumstances and conditions of student performance, behavior. пЃ® Use enabling phrases. Establish conference objective with parent by phone or letter. пЃ® Prepare data to share. пЃ® Decide on your opening statement. How will you make the parent feel comfortable and receptive? Parent Conference (conвЂ™t) пЃ® Check back with parents during and at end of conference. пЃ® Close by summarizing content of the conference or ask parents to summarize what they understand. пЃ® Use a follow-up letter as needed. пЃ® Set a time to communication again, as needed. Why do some parents resist involvement? пЃ® Brainstorm in pairs for 2 minutes with a partner about possible reasons. Be ready to share with class. Parents may resist involvement at school because: пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® Fear divulging family conflicts Panic over childвЂ™s possible failure Guilt over lack of parenting skills Reluctant to interfere in teacherвЂ™s work Belief that they would not know how to participate in school Illegal alien issues Past negative experiences as a student in school REMEMBERвЂ¦ No matter what is said by the parent, keep bringing the focus back to how you and the parent can help their child succeed. Mark Siegel Case Questions пЃ® Get in groups of 4 and discuss questions you have received. Be ready to share with class.