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4 Parent-Teacher Communication Tips for K-12 Schools

Posted by Nina Caliri on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

From creating a welcoming school climate to establishing effective school-to-home and home-to school communication, K-12 schools across the country are working hard to increase parent engagement.

Did you know students with engaged parents are more likely to earn higher grades, attend school regularly and have better social skills?

More than information about the school, parents want to know what their kids are doing in the classroom. Providing parents with this information can create strong and effective partners for teachers.

Below are 4 tips to help k-12 schools create a robust parent-teacher communication plan:

1. Set Your Objectives
Don’t communicate with parents just to check it off your to-do list. Create a conversation that helps your school achieve its goals. Do you want to improve student attendance rates? Do you want to reduce low lunch balances? Whatever your goals are, keep them in mind when creating your parent-teacher communication plans.

2. Communicate High Expectationsteacherparents-1
Research confirms the engagement of parents and families in their children’s education is critical to a student’s academic success. Your parent-teacher communication plan should be designed to set high expectations for student performance in class. This will put parents on your side and enable them to reinforce your expectations at home.
 
3. Be Aware or School-wide Communications
Know that parents will not only be hearing from teachers. From emergency situations and unexpected school closures to the latest anti-bullying initiatives, the school will be communicating with them about school-wide issues as well.
 
4. Use Communication Methods That Work For Parents
The NSPRA survey asked parents to share their preferred method of school communication for school news. Electronic communication was the clear winner. The top 3 answers included email, a telephone/voice messaging system and an online parent portal. Using multiple communication methods allows parents to hear from you in ways that work for them.

Are you interested in expanding parent-teacher communication at your school? Check out Alert Solutions’ Suite of School Notification Systems today!

Topics: school notifications, school announcement, power announcement, powerschool, education, parent engagement, parent communication

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