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PostSubject: The importance of parent-teacher relationships in student learning   2nd December 2015, 11:45 pm

The relationship between parents and teachers has changed in some ways over time, though it's always been an influential factor to good education. School districts that have adopted cloud-based education software have given themselves an advantage when it comes to establishing high quality parent-teacher relationships.

Why are parent-teacher relationships important?
Steve Lorenz, a strategic advisor for SchoolSpring and Netchemia, likens a successful education to a sturdy, three-legged stool. Building a solid foundation for learning requires equal participation from the school, the parent(s) and the student. Without all three, the weight and responsibility shifts, making learning and growth difficult. Lorenz, a previous recipient of the Vermont Parent Teacher Association's "Educator of the Year Award," believes that parents and guardians should be regularly invited into the education process, as they are a crucial piece of the puzzle. After all, a parent is a child's first teacher. Today, Lorenz notes, the parent-teacher relationship is dramatically different than it was in years past. More parents than ever before are involved in their students' academics, not to mention general school operations. Districts value parents' opinions on various issues and consult them often during the decision-making process. These changes have the ability to improve student success over time, as evidenced by a report discussed by The National Parent Teacher Association.

A research review titled, "A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement," found that every family has the capacity to contribute to their child's success, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic standing or the parents' level of education. In addition, community and familial activities that incorporate learning do in fact improve student performances in schools. To maximize the benefits of these findings, parents and teachers need to work together to establish a healthy learning environment for students.

How can schools improve parent-teacher relationships?
There are many things a school can do to build and nurture parent-teacher relationships. The best route is opening lines of communication across multiple channels and welcoming parents into the conversation.

In-person visits: As the start of each school year, invite parents to an open house so they can meet their child's new teacher and demonstrate to the student, through their physical presence at the school, that education is important. Parents and guardians should also be encouraged to attend school functions and performances throughout the year.
Conferences: Meeting with parents in-person is always a great way to connect, regardless of the student's performance. Reading Rockets iterated the importance of positive news; students who excel in the classroom deserve the same outside attention as those who may give the teacher trouble. If parents continually hear negative comments about student performance, they'll grow discouraged and feel powerless.
Make suggestions: Some parents may not know how to involve themselves in their students' learning process. They could be afraid of becoming overbearing or giving their children anxiety. Schools can offer insight to parents to get them started. Suggest that parents check homework each night and ask about classroom discussions. They can volunteer for a school committee or help complete surveys on current practices.
Establish procedures: Lorenz notes that with specific procedures in place, parents find it easier to communicate with teachers about their children. Make sure all educators and guardians are aware of proper processes as they apply to asking questions or voicing concerns.
"More parents than ever before are involved in their students' academics, not to mention general school operations."
How can cloud-based education software help?
First and foremost, cloud-based education software eliminates the exhausting filing process of paperwork, employee records and evaluations. It frees up school personnel to focus on their jobs, rather than paperwork.

Second, education software provides schools with a platform that all teachers can access. It increases transparency within a district and is an excellent method for storing important procedural documents or templates all teachers must use. For example, Child Development Institute listed several guidelines teachers should follow if they need to set up a conference with a parent. These guidelines may vary for each school, but it's important for teachers to know what they should do in the event that a conference needs to be set up.

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