How to Foster Effective Parent Relationships

The Power of Parent Communication

In any classroom setting (online, hybrid or in-person), fostering relationships with parents is key to an effective learning environment.  Setting up regular communication helps parents to be clear on expectations as well as learning outcomes.  

Students “Win” When Parents are:

  • Actively involved in their child’s day-to-day learning.
  • Have a clear picture of the learning target.
  • Know how to support their child in reaching the learning targets. 

Top Tips to foster parent communication: 

(shared by the GHSD’s Learning at Home Teachers)

  1. Begin the year by letting parents know that they are partners in their child’s learning and are valued.  
  2. Invite regular feedback to be acted upon. 
  3. Ensure assignments have clear directions and use language that is easy to follow. 
  4. Provide exemplars to help parents and their child see exactly what the expected learning could look like. 
  5. Create “How To” videos to share with parents as needed.
  6. Offer office hours where parents can informally connect with the teacher. These office hours can be a time to check in or help where there are challenges.
  7. Regularly communicate with parents through google classroom, zoom or phone.

Together the parents and the teacher work to improve learning and teachers are intentional in setting this opportunity up everyday.

Video: The Power of Parent Communication

Watch the video below to learn more about how to:

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with parents.
  • Clarify learning targets to parents
  • Discuss student supports
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