This KDP New Teacher Advocate article provides 6 great tips to remember when communicating with parents. When you treat parents as partners, you can maximize the success of every student. Remember: you are working TOGETHER not against each other. Price $2.95
Always keep in mind the emotions that connect parents and their children with special needs. When you keep their emotions and daily thoughts and concerns in mind, it makes it easier to be empathetic while collaborating over an issue. This KDP New Teacher Advocate article by Richard L. Mehrenberg provides 5 tips to keep in mind when communicating with families of children with special needs. Price $2.95
This FREE KDP New Teacher Advocate article written by Osaro Althouse will remind you to Be positive, Brainstorm with parents, Bridge barriers, Build relationships, Bypass preconceptions, and Boast about student success. Don't let language barriers block the collaboration between you and parents nor the success of your students!
This packet includes the previous 3 articles, forms for parent–teacher conferences, tips for talking to ALL parents and how to phrase what you need to say; a special section on conducting IEP meetings; tips for talking with parents impacted by special education; tips for talking to parents of English learners; and tips and processes to use for meeting with adolescents and their parents. Don't plan your conferences without it! Only $10
In this video Jim West gives teachers an effective framework to follow when dealing with angry parents. You should always validate the parent's feelings and utilize empathy in order to deescalate their anger so that a solution can be formed.
Not all encounters with parents will leave you feeling like you do when you wake up at 10:45 A.M. on a Tuesday during your summer break. This teacher provides some great ideas for handling difficult parents and how to prevent difficult confrontations. I feel as though this quote from Kristen Stull sums up the take-away from her message: "[T]he reality is that behind every difficult parent is a student whom I am responsible for teaching and inspiring every day."
Communicating well with parents is vital for every teacher—after all, both are advocating for the child’s success in school! Watch this video from the Teaching Channel to gain guidance in sharing student accomplishments and challenges with parents.