How do good parent-teacher relationships establish high-performing districts?

A father helps his son with homework

To excel in their studies, students need support from both their teachers and parents. This means that parent-teacher relationships themselves are very important to students. Children tend to see their mom and dad as role models and are easily influenced by them. If parents aren’t up to date on what their sons or daughters are studying, what their grades are or how they’re behaving in class, students may find it difficult to be motivated when it comes to their work at school.

Parents once had to rely on parent-teacher conferences for a review of their kids’ performance and hope that educators would call if any misconduct occurred. However, with the digitalization of documents like report cards and disciplinary notes, staying aware of students’ progress is easier and more convenient.  School Services departments should consider making parent-teacher relationships a priority by offering online school solutions to keep parents informed and streamline communication between teachers and parents.

Why are parent-teacher relationships important?
Numerous studies have shown that when parents have good relationships with their children’s educators, student performances improve. One recent research review called “A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement” by the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools, found that when parents are involved with their children’s schooling, they’re able to advocate for their kids and support their progress in the classroom. The research showed that students who had parents who were involved were more confident, displayed higher performance levels and stayed in school longer than those whose parents were uninvolved and rarely communicated with their teachers.

Parents who communicate with their children's teachers will be able to provide more support at home.Parents who communicate with their children’s educators will be able to provide more support at home.

A poll by PBS found similar results. Experts, including doctors and professors, were asked whether parent-teacher relationships were essential to how well students performed in school. The findings showed that respondents agreed that these relationships do contribute to students’ success in school.

“A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school,” Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College told PBS. “It demonstrates to your child that he can trust his teacher, because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together.”

“Online student solutions are key to enhanced parent-teacher communication.”

How can school solution software enhance essential relationships?
Student Service departments should offer online school solutions to parents so they can review their children’s important documents and feel more inclined to keep track of their kids’ progress. This is key to enhanced communication between teachers and parents. Electronic student cumulative folders with parent-sharing features enable parents to log on to a secure system and see updates to records like report cards, behavioral evaluations, permission slips and progress reports.

In addition to keeping parents in the loop when it comes to their kids’ progress, online records make it more convenient for teachers to stay organized and keep track of their individual students. This is important, as teachers can have a lot of students at a time, so storing thousands of paper records may become overwhelming and increase the chances that they’ll be misplaced or completed with out-of-date information. During meetings with parents, this could ultimately cause educators to provide the wrong information.

Password protected online records also ensure that safety is a top priority. Schools have to be careful about who can view their student documents. Digitizing records keeps files out of the hands of people who don’t have permission to view them. However, security breaches are always a risk with paper documents.

Parents no longer have to rely on word of mouth to stay posted on what’s going on in the classroom. For a high-performing district, School Services departments should take advantage of secure online solutions to ensure they’re fostering parent-teacher relationships.

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