It is important when talking about communication with parents to consider families who do not have English as their first language. This is a short but useful article from Scholastic that has a good bulleted list of practical strategies to try-some you may not have considered before!
There are so many new apps and web-based resources for communication. This article summarizes new web 2.0 tools to bolster parent-teacher communication. Picking one or two to try with families and share with colleagues is a great thing to try out as summer winds down!
This is an incredible web application that allows teachers to send parents a quick message from anywhere, for free. It can be used to remind parents to read with their children, to bring in a permission slip, or to just send a quick positive note about the day.
Email in the teaching profession can be a blessing and a curse at times. The quickness and the ease of it also comes with the chance that tone can be misconstrued (both by parent and teacher)! The article talks about the role of email in parent-teacher communications. It is from an organization outside of public education (communications) so it is interesting to hear a data-driven outsiders perspective on emailing with parents!