What children learn at home is influenced by their experiences at home. When parents and teachers have an open line of communication, they can work as a team to support student academic growth. Although home and school communication is vital, parents and teachers do not always have opportunities to interact with each other. Technology makes communication between home and school more timely, efficient, productive and inclusive (Merkley, Schmidt, Dirksen & Fuhler, 2006).
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) conducted a survey of 50 districts across the United States and found parents want regular updates from their children’s teachers. Moreover, parents want most to hear about academic performance and behavioral expectations.
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Benefits of Positive Home School Connections
Research conducted and compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists indicates that effective, responsive, well-planned home/school communication has the following results in schools:
There are things that you can do to create positive home school communication. Let’s begin the challenge by doing the following: