ERIC Number: ED231075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
How to Improve Teacher-Parent Relationships.
Steller, Arthur W.
Based on the assumption that teachers play a critical role in producing positive public opinions of schooling, this article provides suggestions for administrators to use to improve their schools' public relations. The first list of suggestions offers details about how to make teachers more aware of their roles as public relations agents. This 12-item list first suggests giving teachers a list of specific expectations regarding public relations. Then a list of 22 suggestions for improving home-school communications is offered, including responding thoughtfully and promptly to telephone calls, sharing information through newsletters, and communicating with straightforward messages. A 20-item list contains ways administrators can recognize good teachers and positive communicators, including developing a monthly newsletter highlighting public relations efforts of teachers, passing on compliments to faculty and staff frequently, and acknowledging appreciation to staff members with special notes of thanks. The final 14-item list tells how teachers can recognize the uniqueness of a particular child. Suggestions include utilizing "happiness notes" or "success cards" containing encouraging comments, arranging for media coverage of student events, and featuring students in the school newsletter. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (115th, Atlantic City, NJ, February 25-28, 1983).