School-Home Connection Forging Positive Relationships with Parents

ISBN-10: 141296864X

ISBN-13: 9781412968645

Edition: 2010

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Drawing on original research and the authors' professional experiences, this resource presents a comprehensive approach to developing more positive relationships with students and their families.
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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Rosemary A. Olender �taught profoundly deaf children in inclusive settings for seventeen years and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Council of Exceptional Children, and�the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

Jacquelyn Elias �is a retired speech therapist and school administrator. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

Rosemary D. Mastroleo �is a retired schoolteacher and supervisor. Throughout her career, she was responsible for the setup and design of special education programs in public-school settings. She lives in Naples, Florida.

About the Authors
Committing to the Relationship
Benefits to the Student
Benefits to the Teacher
Benefits to the Parent
Benefits to the Class
Benefits to the School
Benefits to the School District
Recognizing Different Personalities
Determining Personality
Effects of Personalities on Your Relationships
Dealing With Difficult Parents
Identifying Potential Red Flags
Recognizing Red Flags
The Likelihood Rating Scale
Parent and Family Conditions
Teacher Conditions
Administrator Conditions
Honing Solid Communication Skills
Verbal Communication Obstacles
Nonverbal Communication Obstacles
Adopting Key Rules
Be Respectful
Be Proactive
No Surprises
24 Hours
No Dump Trucks Allowed
Be Prepared
"I Don't Know"
Never Say Never
Never Lie
Using Flexibility to Enhance Relationships
Common Family Issues Needing Accommodation
Failing Students
Students With Disabilities
Families of Divorce or Separation
Illness or Death of a Close Family Member
Non-English-Speaking and Low-Literacy Families
Counterproductive Family Dynamics
Documenting and Celebrating School Events
What Do We Need to Document?
Quick, Easy, and Routine Daily Documentation Methods
Weekly or Monthly Newsletters
Specialized Daily Contacts
Back-to-School Nights and Open Houses
Connecting Home and School
Levels of Parent Participation
General Parental Support of School Activities
Parental Involvement in Daily School Events
Parental Involvement in Decision-Making Processes
Cultivating Resources
Where Do You Start?
Compiling a List of Family Resources
What Should Your Resource List Look Like?
One Step Further
Summarizing Global Lessons Learned
Keep the Student Front and Center
Be the Best Communicator You Can Be
Become User-Friendly
Be Proactive
View Parents and Families as Opportunities to Bring Diversity, Interests, and Talents into the Classroom and School
Above All, Keep and Use a Sense of Humor
Discover Your Personality
The Animal Test
Personality Types
References and Recommended Readings
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