Improving Communication

Improving Communication

This module emphasizes the value of communication between home and school that is ongoing, two-way and meaningful. It also points to communication as the foundation of solid partnerships and the fact that when parents and educators communicate effectively, positive relationships develop, problems are more easily solved and students make greater progress.

Click on the buttons below to begin with a self-assessment for communication practices in your school community. Each button is directly tied to practices, research, NM Teacher Competencies, videos and resources in English and Spanish.

Key Findings

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Research suggests that communication is effective when educators:

  • communicate with families about school programs and student progress in thoughtful, clear and productive ways; and
  • create two-way communication from school to home and from home to school, so that families can easily keep in touch with teachers, administrators, counselors and other families. (Epstein, 2004)

The quality of teacher and parent interaction contributes to student achievement:

Make it Positive: Teachers most often communicate with parents when the student misbehaves, yet parents also want to know when their child is doing well. This helps parents be more responsive when extra effort or modifications need to be made.

Make it Practical: By helping parents understand the curriculum, they will be better able to support their child’s academic achievement. Make specific suggestions about what parents can do to help their child manage difficulties they are having with schoolwork and help them build their child’s strengths.

Make it Personal: Collaboration between parents and teachers is enhanced when parents read or hear something personal about their child. Include specific examples and be as detailed as possible.

Make it Accessible: By meeting families in their own natural environment, rather than only at the school, educators are seen as reaching out to families and acknowledging them as partners.