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4 Ways to Connect with and Empower Parents

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As teachers, we know that parent involvement makes a big difference. Join us as we discuss practical ways to connect with and empower parents, and what to do when they don't seem to want to be involved.

Note: The blog post below is just a short summary of all that was discussed in this episode. Please listen to the full episode for more details and examples!

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why we should empower parents

Oftentimes, there is a sense among families that we are exporting the education of our kids to teachers, which is an awesome responsibility for teachers to have to bear. This is never what God intended. Family, church, and education should all play a role in forming a child.

What can we do when parents don’t seem to want to be involved? Ask any teacher- the parents you really need to talk to at parent/teacher conferences don’t attend and the ones you don’t need to talk to are there five minutes early. It’s important to seek connection with all parents. Here's how to do it:


1. Class newsletter

Teachers can proactively keep all parents involved through a classroom newsletter. This isn't a new idea, but a twist on it is that the students can be the ones to create the newsletter showing what they recently accomplished in class. This is also an introduction to journalism for students to practice recording these classroom events. This is strategically empowering the parents with information about what their kids are doing in school to help parents interact with their kids at home. 


2. Curriculum night

If parents want to know what their students are studying, this is an opportunity for them to look over the curriculum. This doesn’t need to be school-wide; you could just do it for your classroom. This is a little different than back-to-school night because it could be a few months into school when parents are more familiar with what's happening in the classroom.  We are in a time right now where parents are concerned about what schools are teaching. Teachers have the opportunity to be the bridge and empower parents with that information.

 

3. parent survey

Be brave enough to send out a survey to the parents. Ask questions like, "What’s going well in our classroom? Are there any concerns you have? Any suggestions for me?" Even if teachers are unable to implement some of the suggested changes, parents know they were heard. Teachers will gain valuable information from these surveys. 


4. share the positive

Catch the child doing something good and share it with the parents. To add to it, add a sweet picture of the child in the email/message, saying, “Your child is such a blessing because..." 


The influence of a teacher

Teachers are the gatekeepers to information about the children that the parents don’t have. Sharing that information is so valuable. 

Teachers can also be positive influences on children's home lives. People parent the way they were parented. There are parents who struggle with knowing how to parent, but would do so well with some guidance. Teachers have a great opportunity to partner with churches who teach parenting classes. 

Remember, God put you into your classroom for a reason!

the herzog foundation

The Stanley M. Herzog Charitable Foundation’s mission is to catalyze and accelerate the development of quality Christ-centered K-12 education so that families and culture flourish. Find out more about how they help teachers at The Herzog Foundation

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About darrell jones


Rev. Darrell Jones, D.Min., is President of the Stanley M. Herzog Charitable Foundation. Prior to his work at the foundation, Darrell pastored a large church in St. Joseph, MO for over 30 years. You can hear him daily on the "Morning Routine," a daily devotional podcast for parents, educators, and leaders.

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Not sure how to increase parent involvement in your classroom? In this post you'll learn how to connect with and empower your students' parents. These important practices will make a big difference as you seek to partner with parents, whether it's in an elementary, middle or high school setting.

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Linda Kardamis

I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength & wisdom to do it well. All we need to do is keep learning, growing, and depending on Him. I'm here to provide practical advice and Biblical encouragement so you'll have the confidence and perspective to not only inspire your students but reach their hearts as well.

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