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  1. Parent-Teacher Partnerships Ohio’s State Personnel Development Grant Dr. Barbara Boone Presentation for OAASFEP April 3, 2014

  2. Why focus on parent-teacher partnerships?

  3. Overview of the Parent-Teacher Partnerships Project • Parent and Teacher Co-Facilitators • Equal number of parent and teacher participants • 8 sessions • Based on evidence-based frameworks for family engagement • Intended impact: Parent and teacher knowledge and attitudes necessary to establish and maintain effective parent-teacher relationships for the purpose of improving student outcomes.

  4. Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Type 4 Type 5 Type 6 THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL-FAMILY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS EPSTEIN’S SIX TYPES OF INVOLVEMENT PARENTING: Assist families in understanding child and adolescent development, and in setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families. COMMUNICATING: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications. VOLUNTEERING: Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at school or in other locations to support students and school programs. LEARNING AT HOME: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework, other curriculum- related activities, and individual course and program decisions. DECISION MAKING: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees, action teams, and other parent organizations. COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY: Coordinate resources and services for students, families, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups, and provide services to the community.

  5. COMMUNICATION • = friendly, listen, clear, honest, informative • Which communication skill(s) of others brings out the best / worst in you when you are trying to communicate, and why? • Of the 5 Communication areas listed, what strengths do you see in the teachers / parents with whom you work? Weaknesses? Needs? • Which communication skills do you most encounter in meetings? • How do you handle when a team member is not being honest? • Which skill needs developed to enhance your current parent-teacher partnerships? REFLECTION

  6. COMMUNICATION ACTIVITY CHALLENGE-GO-ROUND • Each of you list ONE important communication challenge that your school must solve to partner with all families. • At the signal, each of you suggest one possible solution to the challenge. • Put a * next to one solution that you think might • work well and how will you implement?

  7. The challenges we face

  8. Successful Strategies We Are Learning

  9. Questions

  10. Thank you! Dr. Barbara Boone The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, CETE The contents of this Powerpointwere developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.  Project Officer, Jennifer Coffey.