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Effective communication with parents can go a long way toward helping students achieve the goals you’ve set for them in school. Of course, there are a lot of parents to communicate with, so time-saving yet effective strategies are the key to making the most of your efforts. This week we provide simple ways to improve your overall effort.

Success in the classroom depends on communication–but parents are often omitted from the communication equation. This week, we offer tips to help bring parents up to speed with classroom happenings and student progress.

Ideally, student, parents, and teacher form a learning team. Conferences create an environment of free exchange among all three components of a team. Unfortunately, in the secondary setting, conferences typically convene when there is a problem to solve, and the role of the classroom teacher becomes crucial. This week, we offer tips to improve the quality of the student-parent-teacher conferences you host.

Directing materials specifically to parents can be an effective way to keep them in the loop about classroom activities, policies, and interests. This week, we give numerous suggestions for expanding the methods for communicating with parents.

In a recent Public Agenda survey, 78% of teachers responding reported that “too many parents don’t know what is going on with their child’s education.” Most teachers report that parental participation drops greatly with each year a child attends, starting in the elementary grades. While the reasons for decreased participation vary tremendously, most teachers agree that more parental involvement would help children succeed in school. This week, we provide five ways to increase a parent’s interest or participation in their child’s schooling.

The structure of the American family has never been so diverse: adoptive families, immigrant families, single parent households, blended families, families with stay at home fathers, families with grandparents as parents, and so on. No matter what the structure of the family, it is still the bedrock of American society. The care and support family members offer to one another is essential in the educational process of students in the family. Knowledgeable educators who are equipped with strategies for working with diverse family structures help students achieve. This week, we offer tips for working with diverse family structures.

According to the 2000 United States Census, 4.5 million children under the age of 18 live with their grandparents. Census data tells us that for 2.4 million of these children, neither parent is involved in their care, establishing the grandparent as the primary caregiver. Grandparents need support and encouragement as they support their school-age grandchildren, and communication between school and home is essential. This week, we share tips for working with grandparents as parents.

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Use these forms to communicate with parents about their child\'s performance in your class. There are two forms to use: one for students who need remediation and one for students who are excelling and may want additional resources.

This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.

This syllabus shows the elements and layout that you might consider using for your own class syllabus.

This easy-to-use template will help you plan your next parent conference.

Use this rubric to evaluate students on content, preparation, voice, and nonverbal behaviors.

This set of suggestions can be sent home to parents trying to help children with homework.

Help parents and students succeed with homework using this set of strategies commonly employed by successful students.

Diverse Family Structures

Classroom Newsletter Template

Diverse Family Structure

Feature Articles

It isn't uncommon for great teachers to struggle in their efforts to reach out to classroom parents. Fortunately there are a variety of communication strategies you can use to improve your relationships with them. This month, we detail three simple but promising methods for forming effective partnerships with parents.

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