Teachers, raise your hand if want to increase student success, and maybe even make your job a little easier. Great! You’re in the right place. This site is for clever classroom teachers who want to form solid partnerships with parents to improve teaching and learning.
We all know that parent connections lead to better student achievement. Back in the ol’ one-room schoolhouse, building connections between home and school was probably simple. Everyone knew each other, classes were small, and the schoolhouse was a hub for community gatherings. If parents wanted to visit the classroom during school hours, they probably didn’t need to get buzzed in, walk through a security gate, and get a badge. As far as I know, groups of parents weren’t vocally debating the merits of the Common Core, or discussing their child’s teacher on Facebook.
I don’t think any of us would trade modern teaching for a job in the old days; but there is no doubt teachers today have a lot to balance, and building strong partnerships with parents is not always easy. Sometimes, taking time to connect with parents feels like one more thing on a very long ‘to do’ list. And if you’re a new teacher, or teaching in a place where parents are not always supportive, the idea of connecting more with parents seems daunting. I’d like to help!
As a parent and a former teacher, I understand what it takes to build effective collaborations between home and school. I create resources to make teacher-parent partnerships work; through simple tips, fun and easy communication tools, systems to manage classroom volunteers, and meaningful ideas for home learning.