Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

School to Home Communication

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

School to Home Communication

Article excerpt

Communication is the cornerstone of a strong and enduring school to home relationship. So, it should be no surprise that schools that work well with families often have improved staff morale and higher staff ratings by the families. Like all forms of communication, school to home communication (and vice versa) is most successful when a two-way, consistent, valid exchange of information occurs.

Considerations

The following six steps from the National PTA's Web site outline a process for initiating and maintaining momentum toward effective and ongoing communication:

1. Create an action team. Parents, educators, etc., must be represented and committed to reaching common goals.

2. Examine current practices. Review the current status of family and community involvement. Survey staff and parents to ensure a clear understanding.

3. Develop a written family involvement policy. A written family involvement policy establishes the vision, common mission and foundation for future plans.

4. Secure support. Keep those responsible for implementation, those who will be affected, and those outside the school and program aware of the plan. In addition, remember to solicit their ongoing support.

5. Provide professional development for school and program staff. The best models for training are those that provide a staff with several opportunities to interact with the issues, work together, as well as monitor and evaluate progress.

6. Evaluate and revise the plan. Family involvement is not a one-time goal, it merits a process of continual improvement and a commitment to long-term success.

Types of Communication:

* Written. Sending or receiving correspondence is an excellent way to facilitate two-way communication and keep a running record of issues.

* Phone. Phone conversations should be brief. If more time is needed, a conference should be scheduled to thoroughly review the issue or concern. …

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