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.

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Education Trust

The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. Their goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.

Helping Children Succeed in School

An article for parents on parent/teacher communication is available in English and Spanish on this site. Helpful links to other articles and tips for parents are also included.

How to Solve Six Tough Parent Problems

A site with ideas for teachers from on dealing with some of the more common concerns regarding working with parents.

Learning First Alliance

This site is stocked with practical guides for communicating with the community about schools, the No Child Left Behind Act and other issues. The Resources for Parents section allows families easy access to information about educational issues and practices. There are also downloadable tips and guides to help families become more involved with their children’s education.

National Center for Family and Community Connection with Schools

This site includes an article from the SEDL on reaching out to diverse populations. It explains what schools can do to foster family-school connections.

Parent Teacher Collaboration

Some advice for teachers on collaborating with parents; the site suggests that you use its these printables and articles to prepare for successful parent-teacher interactions during parent-teacher conferences, at an open house, and throughout the school year. Our collaboration forms will help you communicate with parents about their child's progress. You'll find great advice on how parents can support their child's development. Tapping in to the support of parents will enable you to teach more effectively.

Parent Teacher Communication, Make Parents Your Valuable Allies

Ideas from a Web site named Priceless Teaching Strategies.

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) – Establishing Strong Family/School Communication

This article addresses strong family/school communication with links to other helpful resources.

Supporting Ways Parents and Families Can Become Involved in Schools

This site has ideas and resources from the North Central REL on increasing the involvement of families and schools.

The Alliance National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC)

This site offers families of children with disabilities information and guidance on how to talk to teachers, staff and schools about their children’s special needs.

What Kids Can Do

This site is inspirational in reminding us what can happen when we listen to children. It offers resources for talking to children about college, conducting teen-adult forums and engaging students as allies in improving schools.