Parents and Teachers: What Does an Effective Partnership Look Like?

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Recently, we worked with Alberto Retana, director of community outreach at the US Department of Education, at parent and community outreach events in New England and Seattle.  We heard some interesting remarks. One parent advocate said, “Parents should be involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating school programs.”

We would like to get ideas about what people are thinking about the role of parents and teachers -– about where these roles overlap, and where they are unique.

  • What do you think teachers want from parents?
  • What do you think parents want from teachers?
  • Where might their interests converge?
  • What is your vision for an effective partnership between parents and teachers?

Steve Owens and Katie Taylor
Classroom Fellows, Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Initiative – U.S. Department of Education