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Communicating with Parents: A Guide to Effective Practice is an essential guidebook for the K-12 education professional. This book takes an in-depth look at communicating with families of students in elementary and secondary schools and is founded on the most current research and practice. Divided into five main sections, this guide presents evidence-based content and strategies related to: Developing Caring Relationships in Schools, Communicating with Families for Student Success, Communicating with Families throughout the School Year, Communicating with Families in Meetings, and Addressing Difficult Topics with Families. Additionally, a broad-based school population is covered with pertinent information for working with families of: general education students, students with disabilities, culturally/linguistically diverse students, students from low socioeconomic status, and students with unique gifts and talents. The evidence-based material is enhanced and illustrated with examples, graphics, and professional reproducible materials, and on every page, educators will be given the most research-based content, sound examples, practical applications, and ready-to-use resources. An indispensible guide for all K-12 general education teachers, special educators, related services personnel, and administrators for both pre-service and in-service training.
Tina Taylor Dyches earned her Ed.D. in specialized educational development and educational administration from Illinois State University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in special education at Brigham Young University. She co-authored Guide to Writing Quality Individualized Educational Programs (Pearson, 2007) and Using Children's Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008). Nari Carter is currently enrolled in an Educational Research Ph.D. program at Brigham Young University. Her areas of specialization are teacher development and training. Nari co-authoredWhat Every Teacher Should Know About: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2009). She is a contributing author of the forthcoming text, Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011). Mary Anne Prater earned her Ph.D. in special education at Utah State University. She is currently a Professor and Department Chair at Brigham Young University. She has also taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She authored Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Pearson, 2007) and co-authored Using Children's Literature to Teach about Disabilities (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) and Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles (Pearson, 2011).
Chapter 1 - Developing Caring Relationships in Schools Developing Caring Relationships with Your Students Showing Interest in Each Student Developing Caring Relationships with Special Populations Developing Caring Relationships with Your Students' Families Understanding Your Students' Family Backgrounds Understanding the Strengths of Your Students' Families Understanding the Concerns of Your Students' Families Summary Chapter 2 - Skills for Communicating with Families Communication Skills Skills for Face-to-Face Communications Skills for Written CommunicationsConsiderations for Communicating with Diverse Types of Families Considerations for Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Families Considerations for Socioeconomically Diverse Families Considerations for Families Raising Children with Different AbilitiesSummary Chapter 3 - Communicating with Families Throughout the School YearPhone Communications Purposes of Phone Communications Advantages and Limitations General Guidelines What to Say in Phone Calls How to Communicate During Phone CallsWritten Communications Purposes of Written Communications Advantages and Limitations General Guidelines What to Include in Written Communications How to Create Written Communications Electronic Communications Purposes of Electronic Communications Advantages and Limitations General Guidelines What to Include in Electronic Communications How to Create Electronic CommunicationsTypes of Written Communications Disclosure Documents Curriculum Plans Newsletters Homework School-Home Notes Progress Reports and Report Cards Legal DocumentsSummary Chapter 4 - Communicating with Families in MeetingsFormal Meetings Classroom Events (Back-to School Nights and Open Houses) Teacher-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences Student-Led Conferences Individualized Education Program Meetings Parent-Teacher Organization Meetings Informal Meetings School Visits (Hallway and Classroom Chats) Home Visits Parent Volunteers in ClassroomsSummary Chapter 5 - Addressing Difficult Topics with Families Academic Issues What Are Academic Difficulties? Support at School Communicating with Parents Social/Behavioral Issues What Are Social/Behavioral Problems? Support at School Communicating with Parents Child Abuse/Neglect What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Reporting Abuse and Neglect Support at School Communicating with ParentsBullying What Is Bullying? Support at School Communicating with Parents School Crises/Emergencies What Are School Crises/Emergencies? Crisis Response and Communication Plans Communicating with Parents Summary Appendix - Templates and ReproduciblesIndex
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