ERIC Number: ED417547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Improving Communication between Parents and Teachers: Promoting Effective Intervention for Students with Disabilities.
Spinelli, Cathleen G.
This paper discusses the importance of teachers and parents of students with learning disabilities working together to ensure that students' educational programs are appropriate and address their specific needs. It provides guidelines aimed at fostering positive teacher-parent relationships by discussing recent legislative mandates and current policy issues. It also addresses methods of positive and constructive communication and issues related to interaction between parents and teachers which should promote successful home-school partnerships. Recommended teacher strategies include: (1) explaining the class goals and objectives at the first meeting and inviting parents to share any relevant information that would help the teacher to understand the child; (2) preparing for teacher parent conferences and finding a mutually convenient time; (3) providing enough time to devote to the conference and providing a comfortable meeting room; (4) arranging seating so that all parties are perceived to be equal; (5) using clear terminology; (6) setting an agenda that is structured but still flexible; (7) encouraging parents to discuss any problems they or their children are experiencing; (8) ensuring that all parties know their rights; (9) being cognizant of cultural differences; and (10) involving students in the planning process as much as possible. (Contains 47 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Individualized Education Programs, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A