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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 ...

Establishing Connections
Establishing Connections

When a group of individuals (staff and parents) who do not know each other come together for meetings, structure ways for them to interact that are not threatening.

At the beginning of a meeting, put participants at ease by having them spend a few minutes getting to know each other. Educators constantly attend meetings, but that is usually not the case for most parents. Therefore, be sensitive to the fact that parents may feel apprehensive about participating as part of a group. Remember, parents will contribute more when they are put at ease and welcomed as part of a group.

Ideas to Use
156 First responder.

One of the most effective communication strategies is informal communication from person to person. There are informal leaders at ...

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