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How to Build Parent-Teacher Partnerships
For Ultimate Student Success
Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, best-selling author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several resource books for educators and parents, including Rock It!, Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a Time, and Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8. In addition, Steve has created a series of shorter, e-book resources for educators, including 10 Steps to Empowering Classroom Management, The First 10 Minutes: A Classroom Morning Routine that Reaches and Teaches the Whole Child, The First Month of School: Start Your School Year with 4 Priorities in Mind, 2-Minute Biographies for Kids: Inspirational Success Stories About 19 Famous People and the Importance of Education, Math Problem Solving Menus, Build a Partnership with Parents, 22 Habits That Empower Students, and . He is also the creator of the award-winning Chase Manning Mystery Series for children 8-12 years of age.
For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit and subscribe at www.stevereifman.com. Follow Steve on Twitter (@stevereifman), “Like” his “Teaching the Whole Child” Facebook page, subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, and visit his TeachersPayTeachers page.
With This Course, Elementary Teachers Will:
✅Learn 9 reasons why investing the time to build and maintain trusting relationships with parents is worth the effort.
✅Discover 9 principles that should guide all communications with parents.
✅Begin the school year by making a terrific first impression with parents and establishing strong classroom leadership and credibility.
✅Create powerful First Day Letters and Class Newsletters.
✅Learn more than a dozen ways to promote working together with parents.
✅Discover how to help parents help their children at home.
✅Make the most of Back to School Night, Open House, Parent Conferences, and Student-led Conferences.
Consistent parent involvement dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be successful in school. Because parents are their children’s first and most important teachers and play such a crucial role in their academic, physical, social, and moral development, classroom educators must view parents as indispensable collaborators and commit themselves to building a strong home-school connection at the beginning of each school year. Investing the time and effort to work closely with parents throughout the year maximizes the chances that students will reach their incredible potential.
In this course National Board Certified elementary school teacher Steve Reifman shows elementary teachers how to build and strengthen this type of relationship. Reifman presents a series of classroom-tested ideas, strategies, and activities that help fellow educators keep parents informed and involved in a variety of meaningful ways and establish partnerships based on mutual trust and respect.
Here is what others have to say about this course:
"I felt as though Mr. Steve Reifman had read my mind years ago. I am a math teacher, tutor and mentor. His philosophy and ideas mesh with mine. I worked in a tough school district for 16 years. I certainly know how important it is to forge a supportive alliance with the parents and the community. As a military officer, I learned first hand how important it is to have unity, trust and team work because lives depended on it. As teachers, our job is not only to communicate and transmit academic knowledge, but we are obligated to teach life skills. We are obligated to teach our students how to adapt, adjust and improvise. We must show them how to apply the knowledge that we are teaching them. To do that, we absolutely need the trust, understanding and cooperation from the parents. The smart teacher does what it takes to build an alliance with the parents. That is essential. Mr. Reifman absolutely makes that clear in his book. The parents must know that they can trust teachers and that the teachers have their backs.”"
- Josh D.
"Very insightful. A wonderful perspective of the importance of the parent-teacher relationship. I highly recommend it.”
- Linda H.
”Great for beginning teachers as well as seasoned veterans. It serves as an important reminder that we are all on the same team..”
"There are so many great ideas for connecting with parents in this thoughtful course that is always mindful of including the child in the process, such as creating habits for homework that are generated with the child and holding student-led conferences.The sample first day letter is enough, alone, to reflect on the kind of educator I might wish to see myself developing into."
- Linda L.
Start1) Course Introduction
Start2) 9 Reasons to Make the Effort
Start3) Guiding Principles to Home-School Communication
Start4) 3 Ways to Build & Maintain Relationships with Parents
Start5) Ways to Promote Working Together
Start6) Helping Parents Help Their Children
Start7) Back to School Night & Open House
Start8) Parent & Student-led Conferences
Start9) Course Conclusion
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