dedicated to helping all schools and all families work together better so all kids learn more
Building the Bridge Icon and Images.008.jpeg

Educators

Welcome Educators.

I want to help you connect with the families of your students. 

images for website.001.jpeg

Read a little. Ask a question.Contact me and we'll make a specific plan for you. 

 

Family engagement is the secret ingredient to academic achievement. So let's engage the families in your school community.

Reader Questions

 

Featured Article: Please Share More Student Work With Families

 

Just as student work can change the vision for teachers and educators, student work can change the vision that families have for schools and for their students. They need to see student work that can show families both what can happen and what actually does happen in schools.

 

Other Articles

Are Home Visits Right for Our School Community?

Basically most objections to home visits boil down to this: time and fear. The way that the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project answers these objections is simple—ask the teachers and parents who have done it.

 

The Three Must Do's of Back-to-School Night

You want parents to walk away with the understanding that their child is going to be learning and doing in your classroom.

Effectively Using Parents in IEP Meetings

Successful IEP's aren’t flowers that spring up from nowhere. Instead they bloom in the fertile soil of a culture of understanding and respect that permeates the larger school culture.

What Does Parent Engagement Look Like in High School?

Look a little deeper at what’s going on in high schools. Watch the way parents text and “friend” their children on social media. Look at all the parents at sporting events or band concerts, or listen to the conversations happening around kitchen tables — What colleges are you thinking about? Don’t stay up too late working on that history project — and you can see that parent engagement in high school is there. It just looks different than in elementary and middle school.

Invite Parents to Do Classroom Observations

“When you invite parents to do observations the whole climate of the school changes from a closed door atmosphere to an open partnership based on mutual respect.”

Do This One Thing

Teachers are pulled in many directions. Lesson plans, grading, recess duty, after school committees, grade-level meetings. How can you do it all?

Well, you can’t. And you shouldn’t. Instead, you have to pick and choose the most important--the highest leverage--thing that you can do. And here it is:

 

Let's talk.

I can help you turn good ideas into a concrete plan for working effectively with families. Contact me.

Do something today. 

Engaging with families doesn't have to be intimidating. You can start something big with these small, and doable tips, today.

toolbox3.001.jpeg
 
 

Don't see an article that interests you? Let me know! 

Name *
Name
There are many great resources. Here are a few of my favorites. 

There are many great resources. Here are a few of my favorites.