· Offer sessions for parents that explain how they can support their children with homework. These sessions can even be held during school with the help of the students.
· Make more positive phone calls than negative ones
· Keep parents informed about any concerns you have immediately, don’t wait until it’s too late
· Avoid educational jargon and acronyms. If you are going to use any, explain them
· Establish relationships with parents early in the year. This helps you learn more about the students and will demonstrate your commitment to the whole child.
· Tell parents how much you value their opinion because no one knows there child better than they do
· When you invite families to your classroom, make it an interactive and participatory event
· Find out about their backgrounds, areas of expertise, and interests and invite them to be guest speakers
· If you are utilizing parents as volunteers be sure to have them do something meaningful and authentic
· Respect their privacy. You need to honor the trust they place in you and never betray it