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Equity-Based Family Engagement

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Excellence, Parents, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teaching with Equity

How to Make a Parent or Caregiver Phone Call

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Topics: Teaching Advice, New Teacher, Parents, Student Engagement, Digital Resources

Email Tips for Effective Teacher-Family Communication

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Topics: Teaching Advice, New Teacher, Technology, Parents, Distance Learning

10 Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Parents

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Instructional Strategies, Educator Coaching, Parents, Student Engagement, Digital Resources

Communication With Parents During Distance Learning

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Parents, Distance Learning, Digital Resources, teacher resources

11 Resources to Teach About the Election

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Topics: Parents, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

Family and Caregiver Resources

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Topics: Parents, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

Teacher Learning Activity: Engaging Families at School

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Topics: educator wellness, Parents

Parenting Styles & Personalities

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Topics: educator wellness, Parents

Positive Parent Partnerships

The Importance of Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

My first year as a teacher, I was terrified of parents. Phone calls, emails- all communication with them terrified me. Looking back, my reasoning was limited: I was always afraid that if they were contacting me, it was because of something I did wrong. I taught at a well-known private school, and the stories about parents from veteran teachers in the building were elaborate and brutal.  

few years into my teaching tenure, I began to realize how incorrect my perception was. Sure, there were parents who wanted to challenge me, but in general, I found that parents were often my first line of action when I wanted to help, nudge, or connect on a different level with a student. 

I went through some trial and error before understanding how to work with parents, and the following is what I’ve learned along the way...I share it in the hope that it will help you too: 


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Topics: Teaching Excellence, Parents

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