Keeping in Touch with Families All Year Long

Davis, Carol; Yang, Alice
September 2009
Education Digest;Sep2009, Vol. 75 Issue 1, p61
The article presents a condensed reprint of the article "Keeping in Touch With Families All Year Long" from the April 2009 issue of "Responsive Classroom." The article discusses the practice of teachers keeping in regular touch with students' parents rather than limiting contact to occasions when problems arise. Reasons for initiating regular contact include giving families information so they can be partners in their child's education and forming the trust required for collaborative problem-solving when needed. Ways to keep in touch include positive news phone calls, periodic post cards, and occasional emails. Suggestions for teachers interested in implementing the system include recording observations about students daily, starting small, and inviting parents to contact the teacher.


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