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Parents/Family-School Partnership

PARENTS/FAMILY– TEACHER PARTNERSHIP

Family-school
partnerships are collaborative relationships and activities involving school
staff, parents and other family members of students at a school.
Parents and Teachers agree that positive, supportive and open

relationships between home and school, parent and teacher are
desirable. Research has shown that parent engagement and successful
parent-teacher partnerships result in improved educational outcomes for students

with disabilities and those without disabilities

Parents are vital partners in education.
They influence their children’s attitudes about learning, and support learning
at home. They are a vital link between home and school. And when they become


involved in the life of the school, they make our schools better places to
learn, grow and thrive. 

It is important for teachers to understand
family background, Parents and the food children eat.  This can be achieved if there are good parents
-Teachers communication .Teachers should have an open door policy to parents
and families should be viewed as a primary teacher and caregiver of the

children because they spent more hours with children at home. Teachers should
support parents in their roles.

GOALS OF THE P/T PARTNERSHIP


To increase parent
understanding on teachers roles, responsibilities and professional position


Increasing teachers
understanding of parents perspectives


Providing parents
and teachers specific steps to take when problems arise


Increasing
trust  between parents and teachers

WHY SHOULD PARENTS BE INVOLVED?


Parents and
guardians are the first child’s teachers. This role doesn’t end when a child
enter school.


Parents spend more
time with the child than teachers do


Studies shows
that  children whose parents are actively
involved in their education perform much better

 

BENEFITS OF FAMILY-TEACHERS
PARTNERSHIP


Children feels secure


 It brings sense of wealth


Family get support and knowledge from
teacher


Teachers get feedback on how they teach

BARRIERS OF FAMILY-TEACHERS
PARTNERSHIP


Teachers reluctant of the relationship.
Some teachers are unwilling to establish relationship with parents


Parents reluctant of the relationship.
Some parents are unwilling to establish relationship with teachers and don’t
attend any parent meeting


Power issues. Sometime teachers do feel
like they have much power than parents and hence little emphasis on parents –
teachers relationship


Mistrust
between parents and teachers

ADVANTAGES OF CONDUCEIVE FAMILY –
SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP

     Respect of professionalism

Having a sense of self

Enhancing respecting others

Trust

ELEMENTS OF SUCCESSFUL FAMILY
INVOLVEMENT PROGRAm

Written policy. The policy legitimizes
the importance of parent involvement and help to frame contexts for program
activities.

Administration support. This include
funds, materials/product resources and people

    Training. There should be training for
both parents and staff involved

Joint partnership approach. This means
all members of the partnership should be involved in the planning of a program

     Networking. It should involve other
programs to share information, expertise and resources

     Two way communication. There should be
regular communication between parents and teachers

     Evaluation. The program should have
regular evaluation activities at key stages as well as at the conclusion of the
cycle/phase.

HOW PARENT INVOLVEMENT
CAN BE DONE

According
to Epstein’s framework of family involvement, there are six points about parent
involvement

Parenting. Help all families to
establish home environment to support children as student

Communicating. Design effective forms of
school-to-home and home-to-school communications about school programs and
children’s progress

Volunteering. Recruit and organize
parent help and support
Learning at home. Provide
information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with
homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and plannin
Decision making. Include parents in
school decisions, developing parent leaders and representatives.

Collaborating with Community. Identify
and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school
programs, family practices, and student learning and development

WHEN COMMUNICATING TO PARENTS;

     Listen carefully to them

    Respect difference in religions, colour,
race, and economic status (rich or poor)

    Be warm and sincer Provide resources Practice open house-everyo should be
allowed 

COMMUNICATE TO PARENTS ANY TIME;

    When children misbehave

    When he/she do wonderful activities

    When he/she is absent at school

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