Strengthening the Parent and Teacher Partnership
January 18, 2017
Getting your children to school can be tough. The good news is, you’re not alone. Partner with your child’s teacher to help get them back on track for a successful school year.
Here are some easy ways to get started and take the first step:
- Communicate: Positive communication is the key to establishing a successful partnership with teachers. As a parent, you can learn more about your child’s education needs if you interact with their teachers. Set up a meeting so both you and the teacher can get to know each other and talk about your child’s needs. Establish what is the best method of communication (whether it is email, telephone, text, etc.,) so that you can both be effective collaborators in your child’s education.
- Follow Up: Keep the conversation going after the meeting. Request that the teacher and you keep the lines of communication open. Exchange contact information and remember to be respectful of their time when inquiring about your child.
- Be Available: Show up for special events at the school or reach out to volunteer. Making time to chaperone a field trip or attend a sporting event is hard, but extremely important. This shows your child that you believe in their education and extracurricular activities as well as letting the teacher see that you want to be part of the school community.
Remember that you and the teacher have the exact same goals: to ensure the success of your child at school. Working together ensures that your child is getting the most of their education.