This webinar will provide you with suggestions and strategies on working with the parents of your students. Keeping the student at the center of teacher/parent discussions is one of the best ways to keep perspective on challenging situations and move through potential conflict constructively. Keely Swartzer, Learners Edge's Director of Professional Development will highlight the following areas:
Partnering with Parents that Challenge You (recorded August 2017)
Looking for More?
If this topic has sparked an interest in you, or you simply want to learn more about successful ways to partner with parents, let us suggest a few resources and courses that may be of interest:
Book: Whitaker, T., Fiore, D. J., & Whitaker, T. (2016). Dealing with difficult parents. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Course 859: Parent Trap: Achieving Success with Difficult Parents & Difficult Situations (3 credits)
This course will explore strategies to help you establish positive, constructive relationships with parents of your students. It will also help you work with the most challenging parents in the most challenging situations. Some of the many skills you will learn include: learning how to avoid the "trigger" words which serve only to make bad situations worse, learning how to use the "right" words to develop more positive relationships, and dealing with parents who accuse you of not being "fair."
Core Meeting Templates: (Word Document) (PDF)
Downloadable White Paper: Parent Partnerships 101
Blog Post: Dealing with Difficult Parents
Blog Post: 10 Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Parents
Blog Post: How to Make a Parent Phone Call