The recent study surveyed 622 parents and teachers across the nation about their communication habits. Researchers found discrepancies in what teachers and parents thought should be shared about a student’s home life.
- More than 90% of teachers felt it was important for parents to inform them of a divorce or separation.
- Only 23% of splitting-up parents say they told their child’s teacher of the situation.
- 93% of teachers want to know about a major illness or accident in the family.
- Only 21% of parents inform the teacher when this occurs.
The study also revealed that teachers kept parents in the dark on a variety of issues as well, including:
- Suspected Drug Use: Only 27% of parents said the teacher contacted them.
- Missing in Class: Over 30% of parents said the teacher never contacted them about truancy.
To help bridge the teacher-parent communication gap, researchers share the following tips and encourage both sides to take action at the beginning of the school year.
Share your child’s background, interests and talents with teachers early in the school year. Throughout the school year, update them on any changes in their life that could impact their academic success.
2. Swap Contact Information
Make sure teachers know the best time and communication method to contact you.
>> School Communication Survey Results <<
BONUS TIP! If you have access to a Parent Portal, make sure to log in and update your contact information and communication preferences.
1. Call Before School Starts
Reach out to parents before school starts to introduce yourself and share your visit of the teacher-parent relationship you want to have.
2. Share Praise with Parents Regularly
Communicate positive events with parents when they occur. Be sure to use communication methods parents prefer, including email, voice calls and text messages!
Download Our Parent Engagement Strategy Guide for more tips and tricks!