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Experts Stress Importance of Teacher-Parent Communication

Parents Must Communicate With Teachers

The relationship between teachers and students is one of the most important drivers of academic success, and the relationship between parents and teachers should be considered just as important. 

So said a Chicago Tribune article, which explained that frequent communication between the two helps teachers gain insight into students' interests and strengths. Jerusha Conner, assistant professor of education and counseling at Villanova University, added that this communication can "help ensure that students receive consistent messages and seamless support from classroom to home."

Parent involvement varies greatly in the classroom. It takes a "proactive approach" from parents to form a relationship with teachers, and an "open mind" for teachers to accept parents' imput. The article highlights how parents benefit from this communication, such as learning ways to help their children at home, and gaining a positive attitude about the school. 

"Don't overlook communication opportunities via orientation sessions, planned teacher meetings, open houses and even Web pages with basic information as well as school's values and expectations," said Margaret Hannah, executive director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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