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Parentteacher Relationships

Teachers, Don't Make Me Be *That* Parent

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Laurie Levy

Most parents want to be understanding, supportive, and liked by their children's teachers. They don't want to be branded as complainers, pushy, or demanding. In short, they want to be nice. Unfortunately, being nice can end up hurting the person who matters most, their child.

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs -- What Are the Best Ways Parents Can Help Teachers and That Teachers Can Help Parents?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.23.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In efforts to help their children and their schools succeed in the next academic year, millions of parents around the world are already involved in school foundations or PTA's to support teachers and administrators with their critical work of educating a fresh set of young minds.

Why Is Making a New Friend Important?

Diana Grycan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

With the new school year beginning, I urge parents to be cognizant of the issue of socialization. With one good friend who plays with your child's toys and vice versa, your child can have security at school of that one person who will watch his/her back. Encourage but don't force it.

'He Doesn't Have a Mom... Because She's Dead'

Brent Almond | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

My instinct was to defend and protect my cub, to nip the lies in the bud and reinforce them with truth. However, I realized that I'd been granted a rare glimpse into my child's daily life -- and that 99% of these situations will take place when I'm not around.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Purely Academic?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

During parent teacher conferences, is it more important to discuss a child's academic development or their social/emotional well-being? This often asked question can be answered simply by stating that both are critical aspects to your child's school life.

5 Things Teachers Want Parents To Know

Kyle Redford | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Kyle Redford

You entrust us with your children for the school year and we are honored. But the relationship is not one-way. A generous, thoughtful and trusting collaboration between home and school is the best way to achieve the school year you are hoping for.

I Dropped My Child Off at His New Classroom. Now What Should I Do?

Diana Grycan | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

In the midst of these new beginnings parents are naturally anxious for reassurance that their child will be happy. Often their anxiety causes inappropriate behavior as they approach the teacher. This blog is to help you, the parent, get off to a good start with the teacher.

A Mindful Approach to Parent Conflict

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

In my 20 years of working with schools, I have discovered several steps that school officials can take to deescalate potential confrontations when parents come in breathing fire. I have seen patterns of communication that are troubling, but not too hard to fix.

Giving to Those That Hardly Recieve

Mandy Patterson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Education
Mandy Patterson

When the PTA asked for volunteers I selected several boxes and was asked to be the treasurer. This was a great place for me; I learned so much about the needs that the school, the families at the school and the parents had.

Michigan Prosecutor Plans To Make Parents Face Jail Time For Missing Conferences

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Michigan prosecutor Kym Worthy has announced a plan that would make parents face jail time for repeatedly missing parent-teacher conferences. CNN rep...

Changing Relationships With Parents and Students

Robert Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Rose

I asked myself, "Why should the parents of my black students want to attend a teacher-parent conference?" I realized that I had to change the balance of power in the conference.