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For parents who are interested in engaging more deeply with their kids' teachers and school communities.

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  • 5 Strategies for Building Strong Relationships With Preschool Families

    Having a good rapport with families, including those who are experiencing hardship, helps teachers support their students.
    Laura Petillo
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  • Standing outside between two trees, a father and son are looking at each other, smiling, and hugging each other with one arm.

    15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

    These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
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  • Apps for Students With Special Needs—As School Buildings Shutter

    The coronavirus creates a unique challenge for students with special needs—educators share recommendations for apps to support learning at home.
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  • 3 Tips for Partnering With Parents for Student Success

    Positive, asset-based communication with families can transform the relationships between teachers, parents, and students.
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  • Teacher-Parent Communication Strategies to Start the Year Off Right

    By prioritizing communication with families at the start of the school year, educators can foster strong parent engagement, break down barriers, and provide support for all students.
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  • How to Work Effectively With Interpreters

    Tips for working with interpreters before, during, and after meetings to provide high-quality translation services for students’ parents who have limited English.
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  • Young boy sitting close between man and woman at a table with a teacher sitting across from them holding a pen with an open notebook

    Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

    Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
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  • Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

    Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources that parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming.
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  • Getting to Know Your Students in a Million Words or Less

    How can you learn your students’ strengths, challenges, and passions right at the start of school? Assign a playful report to their parents and guardians—it may be useful all year long.
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  • The Power of Positive Communication

    Setting a goal of positive contact with every student’s family helped a middle school teacher deepen relationships and boost her own morale.
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  • 7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

    A set of questions that will help teachers form partnerships with parents in support of their children’s learning.
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  • An Appeal to My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

    Educators face challenges, funding issues, and problems beyond their control. But for each student and family, it’s all about the relationship they will have with their child's teacher.
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  • A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference

    You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
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  • Supporting Parents of Students With Special Needs

    There’s often a rift in communication between educators and parents who suspect their kids have special needs. A parent describes the support that would have helped her initiate an assessment.
    3.2k
  • Celebrating Your School's Cultural Diversity

    To plan and manage a vibrant Culture Night, anchor the ideas in social studies curriculum, involve the community, and make sure there's food!
    3.8k

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