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ERIC Number: ED358086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Nurturing the Parent Teacher Alliance: A Guide to Forming A Facilitative Relationship.
Howe, Frank; Simmons, Betty Jo
This booklet provides guidelines to help teachers better understand the importance of forming alliances with the primary caregivers (birth parents, adoptive parents, step parents, foster parents, or guardians) of the children whom they teach. Specific recommendations are offered concerning the following factors: conferences in the home, in school, and by telephone; documentation of contacts or attempted contacts with parents or guardians; and the engagement and cooperation of resistant or aggressive parents. Initially, some basic principles and assumptions which are germane to establishing and maintaining trust and facilitating interactions are examined; for example, honest and positive two-way communication, and making certain that the student concerned views the teacher and the primary caregiver as a team united in support of common goals--the child's physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Fundamental to the process of establishing a common purpose are the assumptions of good will, competence, and shared responsibility. A conclusion is that the teacher's task is to communicate often; to invite and encourage parental presence in the classroom; and when communicating problems, to model a high degree of acceptance, trust, respect, clarity, and honesty. References and suggested readings are included. (LL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A