I LOVE this infographic! This easy-on-the-eye presentation addresses why parental involvement is such an essential part of educational success. By visually demonstrating the effects of "low-involvement" and "high'involvement" parents, it's a great reminder to teachers (and parents) that engaging parents may be one of the most effective ways to promote student success.
This article on the Teach.com blog lists several excellent apps that promote teacher-parent communication. In particular, I have successfully used Remind and Google for Education. Remind is a simple texting app that allows teachers to send text messages to parents about anything and everything going on the classroom. It's a great real-time resource for sharing behavior concerns and achievement, assignment reminders, etc.
Similar to the article by McDermott and Rothenburg, this straightforward infographic by D. Kurschner Clarke presents results from a survey addressing what types of information parents prefer to receive from teachers. Providing parents with the information they want, in a format that is convenient may be one of the most effective strategies to foster parent-teacher communication and engage unresponsive parents.
Although geared toward preschool, this article by Lily Sanabria-Hernandez, is a great reference for teachers at any grade level. Using collaborative problem-solving as a framework, Sanabria-Hernandez concisely reviews findings on various factors affecting and affected by effective parent involvement. She not only discusses why parent involvement is essential, but provides creative and concrete examples of effective ways to improve communication.
This brief article by Suren Ramasubbu and Lakshmi compares the benefits and challenges of using various tech resources (email, apps, blogs, social networking, etc.) to communicate with parents. This review is a useful, easy to read tool for assessing which form of communication might work best to engage the unresponsive parent individually as well as parents in general.
This text slideshow by Edutopia and the Great Schools Community presents several short, specific suggestions for engaging the unresponsive parent. The detailed tips are from teachers, as well as parents, and include advice on initiating, sustaining and varying communication methods so that all parents have access to and can respond to information about their child(ren) and the classroom.
In this classic academic article, McDermott and Rothenburg explore some of the barriers to parental involvement. Their findings, although based on focus groups with the parents and teachers of students from low-income families, can be generalized to all parents. Specifically, parents discuss time constraints, language barriers, social stigma, etc. as obstacles to communicating with teachers. This article was THE document that opened my eyes to exactly why my parents were not responding to my com