Can you
hear me
now?
Effective
Home - School
Communication
Effective Home-School Communication
DEFINIITON
• A two-way process
• Meaningful and
ongoing
• Lays a foundation
for home-school
partnerships
Effective Home-School Communication
PURPOSE
• Establish trust
• Shared
expectations
• Foster future
family involvement
Effective Home-School Communication
BENEFITS
When the first
contact is a positive
one, parents are
more open to
hearing from the
school later…
even when there is
a problem.
Effective Home-School Communication
THE FOUR TYPES
Written
Communication
• Welcome packets
• Positive postcards
• Student agendas
• Flyers
• Newsletters
• Surveys
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST PRACTICES
Flyers:
Bullets (like these)
help to:
• Make content look like
a quick and easy read
Written
Communication
• Organize important
information
• Create an informal and
friendly tone.
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
Flyers:
A single large image
creates a stronger
impression than many
Written
Communication
small pictures.
It allows the eye and the
mind to focus .
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
Flyers:
Do NOT use more
than 2 or 3 fonts or
COLORS!
Written
Communication
If you want your flyer to
be read, remember:
Less is more.
Effective Home-School Communication
THE
FOUR
TYPES
4 Types
of Communication
Electronic
Communication
• Share good news
• Share links and
resources
• Remind families
of upcoming
events
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
E-Mail:
Be sure to use proper
spelling and
punctuation. Avoid
Electronic
Communication
using abbreviations.
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
E-Mail:
Parents cannot see your
face or hear your tone
of voice in an E-Mail.
Electronic
Communication
Do not use humor or
sarcasm or share bad
news. When in doubt,
pick up the phone.
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
School Website:
65% of American homes
have internet access
and that number grows
Electronic
Communication
daily.
Does your school have a
website worthy of their
E-ttention?
Effective Home-School Communication
THE
FOUR
TYPES
4 Types
of Communication
Verbal and
In-person
• Phone calls
• Face-to-face
• Speeches
• Presentations
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
Face-to-Face:
Maintain an “open”
posture.
• Smile
Verbal
Communication
• Maintain eye contact
• Lean forward
• Avoid folding your
arms or crossing your
Effective Home-School Communication legs.
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
Listen up.
Parents have vital
information and insights
about their child. Ask
Verbal
Communication
yourself, “What do I
wish I knew about this
child?”
Effective Home-School Communication
THE
FOUR
TYPES
4 Types
of Communication
Visual
Communication
• School Marquee
• Parking lot signs
• Building signage
• Bulletin boards
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
School Marquee
Don’t miss an
opportunity to “sell”
your school.
Visual
Communication
“YAY! Our six graders
have read 2532 books!”
Effective Home-School Communication
BEST
PRACTICES
BEST PRACTICES
Signs, signs,
everywhere signs.
Do a walk-through to
evaluate the
Visual
Communication
effectiveness of your
signs.
Effective Home-School Communication
NOW HEAR THIS…
Communication:
• 55% body language
• 38% tone of voice
• 7% content of words
Effective Home-School Communication
K.I.S.S.
Keep It Short and
Simple…
• Avoid using educational
jargon (differentiated
instruction)
• Stick to the point
• Remember… Two-way
means listening.
Effective Home-School Communication
BLUEPRINT 4 SUCCESS
By taking the time
to draft a plan for
home-school
communication,
your efforts will
pave the way for all
future contacts with
families.
Effective Home-School Communication
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