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The school-home connection : forging positive relationships with parents / Rosemary A. Olender, Jacquelyn Elias, Rosemary D. Mastroleo.


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Olender, Rosemary A.
Publication date:
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
  • Book
  • xvi, 131 p. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-126) and index.
  • Committing to the relationship. Benefits to the student
  • Benefits to the teacher
  • Benefits to the parent
  • Benefits to the class
  • Benefits to the school
  • Benefits to the school district
  • Recognizing different personalities. Determining personality
  • Effects of personalities on your relationships
  • Implications
  • Dealing with difficult parents
  • Identifying potential red flags. Recognizing red flags
  • The likelihood rating scale
  • Parent/family conditions
  • Teacher conditions
  • Administrator conditions
  • Honing solid communication skills. Verbal communication obstacles
  • Nonverbal communication obstacles
  • Adopting key rules. Rule 1: be respectful
  • Rule 2: be proactive
  • Rule 3: no surprises
  • Rule 4: 24 hours
  • Rule 5: no dump trucks allowed
  • Rule 6: document
  • Rule 7: be prepared
  • Rule 8: "I don't know"
  • Rule 9: never say never
  • Rule 10: never lie
  • Using flexibility to enhance relationships. Common family issues needing accomodation
  • Failing students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Families of divorce or separation
  • Illness or death of a close family member
  • Non-English-speaking and low-literacy families
  • Counterproductive family dynamics
  • Documenting and celebrating school events. What do we need to document?
  • Quick, easy, and routine daily documentation methods
  • Weekly or monthly newsletters
  • Specialized daily contacts
  • Conferences
  • DVDs/CDs
  • Bac-to-school nights and open houses
  • Connecting home and school. Levels of parent participation
  • Level one: general parental support of school activities
  • Level two: parental involvement in daily school events
  • Level three: parental involvement in decision-making processes
  • Cultivating resources. Where do you start?
  • Compiling a list of family resources
  • What should your resource list look like?
  • One step further
  • Summarizing global lessons learned. Lesson 1: keep the student front and center
  • Lesson 2: be the best communicator you can be
  • Lesson 3: become user-friendly
  • Lesson 4: be proactive
  • Lesson 5: view parents and families as opportunities to bring diversity, interests, and talents into the classroom and school
  • Lesson 6: above all, keep and use a sense of humor.
Elias, Jacquelyn.
Mastroleo, Rosemary D.

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