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    Great Ways to Catch & Keep Volunteers

    Great Ways to Catch & Keep Volunteers
    Depending on where your school is located, finding good class volunteers may be a tough job. If you follow the tips below, you might find that volunteers can be your best asset for pulling off great class projects and making a hectic day manageable. h4. Who Wants to Volunteer? There are two types of parents who will be willing to volunteer- ...
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    Action Doesn’t Mean Production

    Action Doesn’t Mean Production
    “Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? - Rick Warren” I think this quote applies to administrators, teachers, students, and parents and we need to really take this to heart. So, I decided to write a little note to each. Dear Administrators, • Please don’t ask me to fill out reports when ...
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    3 Ways to Partner With Parents for a Successful School Year

    3 Ways to Partner With Parents for a Successful School Year
    The key to a successful school year is positive parental involvement. To develop successful partnerships with your students’ parents, try the following three-step approach: 1.) Open the Lines of Communication • Send home a detailed welcome letter the first day of school, or mail it before school starts. The letter should contain information about yourself, your policies and the curriculum. Most ...
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    How Teachers Can Work With 5 Difficult Types of Parents

    How Teachers Can Work With 5 Difficult Types of Parents
    Erica Stevens* had a student in her ninth grade English class who excelled at creative writing but struggled with analytical writing. She avoided it by refusing to do her homework. Every time the student failed to submit a homework assignment, her parents pressured Ms. Stevens to give her a pass because they didn’t want the missed assignments to affect her grade. ...
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    How To: Create Partnerships with Parents and Families

    How To: Create Partnerships with Parents and Families
    Parent involvement is one of the most important factors in the academic success of your students. Even though parents come in all forms and their level of involvement in your student’s academics may or may not be ideal, always remember that they are an ally and not the enemy. They love their child and want them to be successful, and ...
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    Making the Most of Back to School Night

    Making the Most of Back to School Night
    Most schools hold a “Back to School” or “Meet the Teacher” night during the first few weeks of the year. If you are like most teachers, this occasion is about as appealing as scratching your nails across a blackboard. Still, if you approach this evening the right way, it can set the tone for the entire school year and put you ...
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    Would Jail Time Get Parents Involed?

    Would Jail Time Get Parents Involed?
    NPR's Talk of the Nation hosted a discussion about how to get more parents involved in their child's education. In 2007, according to Department of Education numbers, 20 percent of parents skipped conferences with their kids' teachers—a phenomenon that is more pronounced in low-income communities. Proposed solutions for raising the level of parental involvement in education run the gambit from making ...
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    Parents Say the Darndest Things

    Parents Say the Darndest Things
    Perhaps we look stupid, but you wouldn't believe the crap parents throw at teachers sometimes. I mean, we spend eight hours a day with your kid...remember us? Hi, we're not morons. While I am all for the school of thought which believes that parents know their children best...I just think that sometimes, parents need to admit what they really know instead ...
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    Discipline Tip: Involve Parents

    Discipline Tip: Involve Parents
    One of the best defenses against misbehavior is to enlist the support of the parents and guardians of your students. Although this will take effort on your part, the time you spend building a bridge between school and home will reward you many times over during the course of the school year. When students know that teachers and parents are working ...
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    Generational Gap: Lost in Translation

    Generational Gap: Lost in Translation
    Generational differences have been on my mind lately because in my job, I deal with it all the time. The classic scenario is a parent or teacher of the Baby Boom or Gen X parent or teacher being frustrated with the Generation-Y kid’s behavior. The kid always text messages in class, or they spend all their time on the computer or ...
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    New Guide for Engaging Parents in Education

    New Guide for Engaging Parents in Education
    U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary Morgan Brown today announced the release of a new publication, Engaging Parents in Education, at the 2007 National Parental Information and Resource Center Conference in Baltimore, Md. Brown discussed the importance of informing parents and students of their education options under No Child Left Behind and engaging parents in decisions about their children's education. "Thanks to No ...
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    Holding an Effective ESL Parent Meeting

    Hold a meeting for the parents of your English language learners to help them learn about your school. If you want to involve parents in their children's education, you need to find some common ground. As ESL professionals we believe in acculturation, not assimilation. Although we advocate for our students and their parents, we also want them to do things our ...
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    The Importance of Involving Parents

    The Importance of Involving Parents
    “Parents are universally accepted as a child’s first teacher. It’s intuitive, and we usually know it from our own experience. Schools that embrace this reality and recognize the important role parents play in their child’s education are better able to create curriculum and build relationships with parents that have a profound effect on a child’s journey through school.” David Flatley, Change.org ...
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    10 Things Parents Won't Tell Teachers

    1. "Don’t assume I know anything." Dear Teacher: "As a new parent, I know nothing. Please do not assume I know when things are (events, functions, etc) or what things are (the annual silent auction or even PTA). You need to be specific and explain in detail all the little and big things I will need to know as a parent ...
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    10 Things Parents Don't Tell Teachers

    10 Things Parents Don't Tell Teachers
    If you're a teacher and a parent, you might have the kind of perspective that makes you a better teacher. If you're not a parent but a teacher, it's helpful to get some input from the other side. I asked parents (who are not teachers) to share what they wished they could say to their childrens' teachers - but didn't have ...
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    Establishing and Maintaining Effective Parent-Teacher Communications

    The necessity of maintaining a strong teacher-parent relationship is one of the areas prospective employers like to delve into during an interview, so take a few minutes to evaluate the tools you use to establish and sustain the communications that serve as the basis for that relationship. Here are some guidelines to help you build the relationship right from the start. ...
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    Working & Connecting With Parents

    Working & Connecting With Parents
    "Parents became my greatest resource....I openly solicited their active involvement and suggestions on how to better serve their child. I also presented them with ideas and activities they could do at home with their child to enhance their learning process. I later set up a homework/classroom Web site for my community of learners on the Internet so both parents and students ...
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    A Guide to Creating Key Partnerships with Parents

    A Guide to Creating Key Partnerships with Parents
    It's the beginning of the school year and that shiny new feeling has worn off. If you're like a lot of teachers, you are feeling stressed and wondering how you are going to get everything you need for your class planned and prepared. Creating key partnerships with parents can be a lifesaver if you approach it correctly. From fostering good relationships ...
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    The View of a Teacher & Parent

    The View of a Teacher & Parent
    I am a parent and a teacher. No, I don’t think you have to be a parent to be a teacher, but sometimes the insight provided by being both a parent and a teacher helps me both parent and teach. It also helps to have a child who is the same age as the children that I teach. Because I spend ...
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    Schools Must Address Parents Who Drive Drunk

    Schools Must Address Parents Who Drive Drunk
    As an educator for over twenty-six years, I have always advocated that schools need to get involved in important issues like feeding the homeless, Live Aid and Band Aid, helping 9/11 victims’ families, supporting our veterans, and assisting those people hit hard by disasters like Hurricane Katrina. I have been reluctant to support schools dealing with what goes on in the home. ...
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