Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Effective Parent Teacher Relationships

Social media and technology have changed parent-teacher relationships. If you're smart, you can harness their power. Today, educator Joe Mazza shares how you can overcome barriers to creating successful partnerships with parents. Joe believes is not our job as an educator to dictate where someone wants to get their information about the school. We should be flexible and communicate ways that parents want to receive information.

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If you're using another communication app, you should give Bloomz a try. Parents don't have to chase down information. Bloomz also has a Bloomz for schools which lets you coordinate and set things up quickly in one place. I also love the “Facebook” button which lets you quickly send pictures or updates to your Facebook page with a click.

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Show Notes:

  • What are “hard copy families?”
  • How does giving parent communication choice empower parent participation?
  • How can we onboarding parents into successful school involvement?
  • What problem does parent camp solve for schools and communities?
  • How can an open-minded attitude towards parents can help a school improve?
  • What resources does Joe recommend for parent relationships?

Dr. Joe Mazza @Joe_Mazza  is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Formerly principal of “lead learner” at Knapp Elementary School, he currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the digital strategist for c64KID INNOVATIONS, LLC.

Resources from this Show

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Jose Ferrer August 9, 2016 - 6:21 pm

I really enjoy reading this blog and the people that comment on it especially Vicky Davis’s audio webisodes. This weeks was great as it related to overcoming barriers to effective parent/teacher communication. I like how her guest Dr. Mazza stated that everyone likes to receive information about their child in a different way. Some enjoy going to a website while others prefer a hard copy of flyers or newsletters and events that are happening on campus. I like to post everything that is going on in the classroom in my district teacher website, plus I also utilize Remind 101 and Class Dojo and they all work great. On top of this, I also send home hard copies to every parent and send a text from my phone to ensure that everyone is contacted one war or another.


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