The school-home connection : forging positive relationships with parents
- Olender, Rosemary A.
- Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
- Physical description
- xvi, 131 p. ; 26 cm.
LC226 .O44 2010
- Unknown LC226 .O44 2010
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-126) and index.
- Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. 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 Summary 2. Recognizing Different Personalities Determining Personality Effects of Personalities on Your Relationships Implications Dealing With Difficult Parents Summary 3. Identifying Potential Red Flags Recognizing Red Flags The Likelihood Rating Scale Parent and Family Conditions Teacher Conditions Administrator Conditions Summary 4. Honing Solid Communication Skills Verbal Communication Obstacles Nonverbal Communication Obstacles Summary 5. 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 Summary 6. Using Flexibility to Enhance Relationships Common Family Issues Needing Accommodation 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 Summary 7. 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 Back-to-School Nights and Open Houses Summary 8. Connecting Home and School Levels of Parent Participation Level 1: General Parental Support of School Activities Level 2: Parental Involvement in Daily School Events Level 3: Parental Involvement in Decision-Making Processes Summary 9. Cultivating Resources Where Do You Start? Compiling a List of Family Resources What Should Your Resource List Look Like? One Step Further Summary 10. 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 Summary Resource A: Discover Your Personality Resource B: The Animal Test Resource C: Personality Types References and Recommended Readings Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- Research has consistently shown that student success is directly related to the strength of the relationships between parents and schools. This book provides teachers and administrators with tools to build a foundation for student success based on positive relationships with students and their families. Drawing on original research and their professional experiences, the authors identify the common sources of both negative and positive school-home relationships. The book presents a comprehensive approach to building closer connections and includes: tools to help educators develop a deeper understanding of the communities they serve; strategies for improving interpersonal skills and communication skills; a chapter on the importance of documenting and celebrating school events; and, guidelines for creating three distinct levels of parental participation in schools. With suggestions for cultivating a community network of support services and a summary of lessons for forging constructive relationships, "The School-Home Connection" is an essential tool for educators looking to strengthen the learning community and increase student achievement.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Rosemary A. Olender, Jacquelyn Elias, Rosemary D. Mastroleo.
- 9781412968645 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 141296864X (pbk. : alk. paper)