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

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  • 6 Ways to Involve Families in Elementary School Classrooms

    Building relationships with families early in the school year helps teachers create a strong classroom community.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Why a Positive Call Home is Worth the Effort

    Best practices for making positive phone calls home a manageable, sustainable routine.
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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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  • 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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  • How to Make Parent Events at School Meaningful

    Tips for ensuring that school events bolster authentic, community-building connections between teachers and parents or guardians.
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  • Let Families Teach You About New Students

    Getting to know your elementary students right from the start begins with asking parents and caregivers these five thoughtful questions.
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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.
    3.8k
  • 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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