to communicate better.
times, parents feel that educators talk down to them or speak in
educational jargon they do not understand. School signs often seem
unwelcoming. Schools should make every effort to reach out and communicate
with parents in a clear way and listen to what they have to say.
To ensure that all parents have access to information, written material
should be concise and easily readable. Schools should be parent-friendly.
Some school newsletters for parents include a glossary of terms
to help parents understand school improvement efforts. Other schools
use regularly scheduled telephone calls to stay in contact with
For more information, ideas, and publications, visit the
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, sponsored by
the U.S. Department of Education.
Involve Families | Learn to Communicate
| Encourage Parental Participation | Welcome Parents
| Overcome Language Barriers | Use Technology