Private Education And Parents: Building Relationships

Private education isn't one-sided. Yes, the educators are responsible for academics. But they aren't the only ones. Parents are key when it comes to the child's educational success. When it comes to private schooling, teachers have a unique opportunity to work together with parents in order to make the most of the educational process. Keep in mind, parents choose a private school because it makes sense for their child and their family. This shows that the parents are already invested in the child's schooling.

Building strong parent-teacher relationships right from the start is absolutely essential for any educator. If you're looking for a few new ways to nurture this growing bond, take a look at the ways in which teachers can build relationships with their students' families:

Curriculum or Open House Night

It's not always easy to talk to your students' parents when the children themselves are around. Even though a quick communication during drop-off or pick-up can help you to familiarize yourself with the parents, it doesn't offer the time you need to truly talk.

The school's curriculum night or open house might be the perfect time to meet the parents — especially if the children aren't invited. There's a major difference between a student-centered open house and one that's meant to help the parents understand the curriculum and expectations. Use a parents-only open house night to connect with the adults and help them to understand what you need from them. This is also an ideal opportunity to ask them what they need from you and how they think you can help their students to succeed.

Individual Emails

There isn't always time to verbally connect one-on-one with every parent regularly. If you notice that a few parents are slipping through the cracks when it comes to communication, open up the lines with a quick email. This is an easy way to communicate, and it won't seem intrusive to the parents. Instead of a group email blast (which is fine to make announcements such as a class party or a field trip), try individual emails for each parent.

This doesn't mean that you need to email each parent every day. You can pick a few parents to email on one day, then another few on a second day and so on.

Open Invitation

Having the parents come into the classroom and help is an easy way to build a relationship and get to know them. Make an open invitation to the parents, letting them know that they can come in to read to the students or help out with a snack creates a welcoming feeling the facilitates communication. Of course, you won't want the parents coming in at all times of the school day. Private education is just that. An education. When you invite the parents to come in, remind them to call or email first to set up an appropriate time.

Building strong relationships with the parents of your students can help everyone involved in the children's education. From an open house night to emails and invitations into the classroom, you can find plenty of ways to meet the parents and get to know them.