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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Facilitating Parent Teacher Partnerships

Research has shown that students are more likely to succeed when their parents are actively involved in their educational process. Culturally diverse parents often become passively involved in their child's educational planning for a number of reasons. This presentation provides strategies and techiniques for schools and teachers in order to facilitate strong parent teacher relationships. Teachers should take time to get to know each parent and inform them about the classroom and the schools expectations. They should also gather information from the parent about what they expect for their child and any preferences they may have regarding the classroom. Schools should make sure to create environments that are inclusive to all families. It is important for families to feel a sense of belonging within the school. School personnel should also build a knowledge base in regards to cultural dos and don'ts. Lastly, this presentation provides information about adopting a no suprise policy. Parents should be fully informed about the purpose and content of any formal meetings. Parents should become fully involved in creating an individual education program for their child and should be given the opportunity to give their opinions and expectations.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Elizabeth Maslyn (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: Seymour Union Main Lounge
Time: 1:15 pm Session III