Family And School Partnerships

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Family And School Partnerships

  1. 1. Family-School Partnerships Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Family-School Definition Integrates 2 systems: School and Family Can span 13+ years “Like a marriage with no possibility of divorce” Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  3. 3. Why Partnerships Families / schools most critical Improved outcomes Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  4. 4. outcomes Relationships Improved Attendance Graduation Higher Achievement Enhanced Social Competence Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  5. 5. Barriers for School staff Mixed feelings about family involvement Fear of conflict Stereotypic beliefs about families Lack of time/funding Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  6. 6. Barriers for Families Feelings of intimidation and powerlessness Lack of trust Language and cultural differences Past negative experiences Economic, social and time constraints Convinced that “professionals know best”
  7. 7. Barriers to Partnerships Differences in family-educator perspectives Lack of trust Meeting lack structure, rushed, and scheduled at inconvenient times
  8. 8. Build Shared Responsibilities Training for all members of the team Regular communication between home and school Outreach to encourage participation of diverse range of parents Opportunity for parents to participate in school decision making Meaningful roles for families Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  9. 9. Improved IEP Meetings The meeting starts and ends on time No one dominates the meeting There are introductions There is an agenda and ground rules People prepared /stay for the entire meeting Team members are focused and on task People LISTEN to each other
  10. 10. Tips for Families Bring someone with you to meetings Participate in developing meeting agendas Know what the law says about your child’s rights Bring your child to all or part of each meeting Respect feelings and positions even when you disagree Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  11. 11. Tips for Educators Focus on strengths as well as needs Paraphrase reports rather than reading them Offer to meet with parents before the meeting Avoid patronizing language Respect feelings and positions even when you disagree Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  12. 12. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.

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