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Family Engagement

Teachers, administrators, and other school personnel will find relevant and valuable tools and resources here for strengthening bonds between schools, families, and communities.

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Does your school have a homework policy? How does your school ensure that teachers don't overload students with busy work?

8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents

David Cutler offers eight tips for engaging with parents, from avoiding confrontation and communicating clearly, to earning their trust on back-to-school night and coaching their children's after-school activities.

Listening to Parents: What It Means to Be an Ally

The best ways to build trust with parents are thinking before you react, being fully present, not offering quick fixes, and committing to follow-ups.

Empathy and Research: Engaging Parents With Tech Initiatives

Your school's tech initiatives rely on parent buy-in, so welcome them into the conversation, listen to their concerns, and make them part of the solution.

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Home-to-School Connections: Resource Roundup

Getting parents engaged in their children's education can be beneficial for everyone. Edutopia has compiled some tips to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

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Listening to Parents: What It Means to Be an Ally

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How to Boost Parental Involvement

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Creating App Lists for Families

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Study: Parent-Teacher Communication Leads to Academic Gains

Sometimes, a small reminder can be enough to encourage deeper conversations at home about a child's learning.

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Home Visits: A Powerful Family Engagement Tool

Visiting students and their families at home builds strong bonds of trust and understanding -- and impacts academic success.

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3 Tech Tips for Parent Newsletters

When using technology to keep students' families looped in, choose the right tool, continuously capture media for newsletters, and make a plan for sharing the information.

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Family Engagement: Resource Roundup

Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

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5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Browse a curated list of resources for improving parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress, ways to encourage students to take the lead, and questions every parent should ask.

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Tech-Enhanced Parent Engagement

Whether it's email, messaging apps, an active website, or virtual office hours, technology helps you keep parents in the loop about what's happening in their child's classroom.

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New Teachers: Working With Parents

Engaging and building trust with parents and creating supportive home-to-school connections is critical to new-teacher success; find resources to get started here.

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Creating App Lists for Families

Here are six key questions about teaching and 1:1 learning with apps to help you strategize the resources you'll be sharing with families throughout the school year.

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Does your school have a homework policy? How does your school ensure that teachers don't overload students with busy work?

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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Your Students

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano believes there's more to teaching than dispensing curriculum, and he shares three practices that lead students and their families to trust him on a personal level.

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20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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Two Kinds of Parent-Teacher Conferences

We just celebrated open house night at our high school and, as usual, the principal announced that this night was not a night to chat with parents about how their students were doing in our classes.

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.

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Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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Home-to-School Connections Guide

Whether you're a teacher, parent, or district administrator, this guide provides you with relevant and valuable tools and resources for how best to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities for student learning and success.

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