This page seeks to help teachers work more effectively with parents in order to support student learning by exploring questions such as:

  • What kinds of information, resources, and materials do parents need in order to support their children in learning a second language?
  • How can teachers communicate effectively with parents?
  • How can teachers use school events such as Back-to-School Night, Open House, or Parent-Teacher Conferences to build strong partnerships with parents?
  • How can teachers solicit parental support and involvement in classroom activities?

- Tips for communicating with parents - chericem1 chericem1

Parent-Teacher Communications - A lengthy list of templates you can download and reproduce for free from Education World--many appropriate for use during parent teacher conferences - chericem1 chericem1

- Extensive information (with key ideas bolded for easy skimming) on conducting successful parent teacher conferences - chericem1 chericem1

Parent Teacher Conference Dos & Don'ts - 10 very useful tips - chericem1 chericem1

25 Tips for Successful Parent Teacher Conferences - 25 tips from KS, pretty basic but good for new teachers - chericem1 chericem1

Parent Teacher Conference Booklets - I put booklets together filled with interesting cartoons, facts about the benefits of studying a world language, poems, quotes, study tips, and information about how parents can help their children in language classes. I leave them on the chairs I put outside my room during parent teacher conferences so that parents who are waiting have something to read. Click on the link to see examples of materials you might include - chericem1 chericem1

Portfolios and Student-Led Conferences - A post from Emily Serafa-Manschot about the topic. See also the 15-page handout from Emily Serafa-Manschot & Cindy Kendall's CSC Presentation March 28, 1998 (Scanned and posted with permission from both) - chericem1 chericem1

- This is the letter Cherice wrote to give to parents at conferences - chericem1 chericem1

Helicopter Parents Try to Help Their Kids Land Jobs - An article about "over-involved" parents. Have you thought about how you'll handle parents like this? - ckendall ckendall

Parent Communication Log: This basic log is useful for keeping track of parent contacts throughout the year. I keep one at each of my buildings. If parents, students, or administrators ever need to know whether-or-not a parent has been contacted, you have an easy reference. This is a free template from an educational site. You might also add a column for the student's name. - decortem decortem

Teachers Are Giving Me a Hard Time Pulling Kids Out of School - A lengthy discussion on the Disboards that will give you a sense of how parents view teachers' requirements and responses, their own parental rights and responsibilities, and family vacations - chericem1 chericem1 (via ckendall)

Working with Parents - A collection of resources from TE 408 students - chericem1 chericem1

See also: Community Outreach

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