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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolSchoolPartnerships

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)in

    collaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnerships

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    Wherearewegoingtoday?

    Letstalkaboutfamilyinvolvement Whataresomestrategiestoimprovehowwegetfamiliesinvolved?

    db k & G l S i Feedback&GoalSetting

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    IndicatorB8

    Percentofparentswithachildreceivingspecialeducationserviceswhoreportthat

    schools________________i i___________ asameansofimproving

    servicesandresultsforchildrenwithdisabilities

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    Askyourself:

    Howdoyouapproach&viewfamilyinvolvementwithschools?

    Whatareyourattitudesandbeliefsaboutbuildingconnectionsbetweenfamilies&schools?

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    Askyourself:

    Istheatmosphereofyourschool/classroominviting&familyfriendly?

    Whatdoyoudotopromotecommunication&partnershipswithfamilies?

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    DevelopingPathwaystoPartnerships

    PrerequisiteConditions:3AsmustbeinplaceforActionstobeacceptedandeffective

    Approach

    Atmosphere

    Attitude

    ActionsCommunicating a tone of

    partnership through bidirectional home-school communication and fostering family involvement in

    learning at home

    Successful learning opportunities and

    outcomes for children

    (Christenson&Sheridan,2001;Sheridan&Kratochwill,2008)(Christenson&Sheridan,2001;Sheridan&Kratochwill,2008) 6

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    Approach Families&__________ Sharedresponsibility ____________vs.roles

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    Approach

    ____________ Importance Cooperate&___________

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    Approach Involvement ____________ Information&resources

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    Attitude Feelingsaboutpartnerships __________&constructive

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    Attitude Strengths

    Information&________

    Perspectives

    expertise______expertise

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    Attitude

    Parentsperspective Parents_______? Parentsasequals?

    comments? ______comments? Listen&attend?

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    Atmosphere

    Appreciate__________ Difficulties&conflicts Supportallfamilies

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    CreatingtheAtmosphere:

    Open

    ________classroom

    Timespent

    Noassumptionsor___________

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    Actions Nooneapproach ________________ Communication

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    EffectiveCommunication

    Meetingtimes

    _positive:_negative

    Regular_______reports

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    EffectiveCommunication

    Toneof__________

    Helping at home Helpingathome

    Clear_________&problemsolving

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    EffectiveCommunication __________expressions Goalachievement ________________ Checkunderstanding

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    AdministrativeSupport

    _______forpartnership Lowliteracy NonEnglishspeakers

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    AdministrativeSupport ______________development Parentopportunities

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    Keypoints

    _____ Notequal ____________

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    Feedback. . .

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    Questionsforyou...

    Takinglocalcontextintoconsideration,howmightthisinformationneedtobemodified?

    Whatarethepotentialbarriersforusingthismodelofcommunicationtechniques?

    How can we overcome these barriers? Howcanweovercomethesebarriers? Whatsupportisnecessaryfromadministration? Whatsupportisnecessaryfromotherschoolstaff?

    Howwillweensurethissupportisofferedandbarriersareovercome?

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    ForMoreInformation www.ed.gov

    www.accountabilitydata.org

    f t k www.rrfcnetwork.org

    www.nectac.org

    www.fsp.unl.edu

    Its about Better Results 24

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    WereDoneforToday!www.accountabilitydata.org

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    References Christenson,S.L.,&Hirsch,J.A.(1998).Facilitatingpartnerships

    andconflictresolutionbetweenfamiliesandschools.InK.C.Stoiber&T.R. Kratochwill(Eds.),Handbookofgroupinterventionforchildrenandfamilies.NeedhamHeights,MA:Allyn&Bacon.

    Christenson,S.L.,&Sheridan,S.M.(2001).Schoolsandfamilies:Creatingessentialconnectionsforlearning. NewYork:GuilfordPress.

    Sheridan,S.M.(2004,September).Familyschool partnerships:Creatingessentialconnectionsforstudentsuccess.KeynotepresentedattheannualconferenceoftheResourceTeacher:LearningandBehaviorConference,Christchurch,NewZealand.

    Sheridan,S.M.,&Kratochwill,T.R.(2008).Conjoint behavioralconsultation:Promotingfamilyschoolconnectionsandinterventions.NewYork:Springer.

    VoslerHunter,R.W.(1989).Changingroles,changingrelationships:Parentprofessionalcollaborationonbehalfofchildrenwithemotionaldisabilities. Portland,OR:PortlandStateUniversity,ResearchandTrainingCenter onFamilySupportandChildrensMentalHealth. 26

    Acknowledgments TheNationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)wouldliketotakeamomentandofferaveryspecialthankyoutotheFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnerships.Agreatdealofinformation presented in these modules wasinformationpresentedinthesemoduleswascontributedbythisteamandoursincereappreciationgoesouttoyouforallyourefforts.

    NCSEAMwouldalsoliketothankthosewhoprovidedessentialfeedbacktousthroughoutthedevelopmentprocess.

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    Handout 1

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonitoring(NCSEAM)incollaborationwiththeFutureofSchoolPsychologyTaskForceonFamilySchoolPartnershipswww.accountabilitydata.org

    PersonalInventoryforEducators

    RegardingFamilySchoolPartnerships

    Askyourselfthefollowingquestions,andtrytoanswerashonestlyandgenuinelyaspossible.Inwhatwaysareyourattitudesaboutparentsconveyedinyourinteractionsandcommunications?________________________________________________________________________ HaveIputmyselfintheparentsplaceandmentallyreversedrolestoconsiderhowIwouldfeel

    astheparentofthechildaboutwhomthereareconcerns?

    DoIseethechild/adolescentinmorethanonedimension,lookingbeyondtheconcern?

    AmIabletokeepinmindthatthechild/adolescentisapersonwhomtheparentloves?

    DoIreallybelievethatparentsareequaltomeasaprofessionaland,infact,areexpertsontheirchild?

    DoIconsistentlyvaluethecommentsandinsightsofparentsandmakeuseoftheirreservoirofknowledgeaboutthechildstotalneedsandactivities?

    DoIjudgethechild/adolescentintermsofhisorherprogressandcommunicatehopetotheparentsbydoingso?

    DoIlistentoparents,communicatingwithwords,eyecontactandposturethatIrespectandvaluetheirinsights?

    DoIaskquestionsofparents,listentotheiranswersandrespondtothem?

    DoIworktocreateanenvironmentinwhichparentsarecomfortableenoughtospeakandinteract?

    AmIinformedabouttheindividualchildscasebeforetheappointmentorgroupsession,placingequalvalueontheparentstimewithmyowntime?

    DoItreateachparentIcomeincontactwithasanadultwhocanunderstandasubjectofvitalconcern?

    DoIspeakplainly,avoidingthejargonofeducation,medicine,sociology,psychologyorsocialwork?

    DoImakeaconsistentefforttoconsiderthechildaspartofafamily,consultingparentsabout

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  • ImprovingRelationships&Results:BuildingFamilySchoolPartnershipsCommunicationStrategiesModule

    Handout 1

    NationalCenterforSpecialEducationAccountabilityMonito

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