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Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community  • Strategies for including parents in school governance  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working ...

Communicating Effectively
Communicating Effectively

Communication needs to be a two-way street. Ask parents what form of communication works best for them. Demonstrate the school’s willingness to try different forms of communication to ensure that parent and student voices are being heard. When the lines of communication are open, students receive the message that the teachers and parents are partners in their education. According to author and teacher Terry Pearce (2003),

There’s a huge difference between the opportunity to “have your say” and the opportunity to be heard. The good-to-great leaders understood this distinction, creating a culture wherein people had a tremendous opportunity to be heard and, ultimately, for the truth to be heard. (p. 43)

Be sure you understand that you not only must take into account ...

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