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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- 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
- Parent Camp @ParentCamp – http://www.parentcamp.org
- National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement @NAFSCE nafsce.org
- Institute for Educational Leadership @IELconnects iel.org
- American Reading Company curates books based on the community. https://www.americanreading.com/
- Harvard Family Research Project @HFRP http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/connected-educators-connected-families
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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.