In many places, parents are reluctant to visit schools because they represent large, faceless, policy-driven bureaucracies. Teachers and schools have played with all sorts of models that are meant to make the school/classroom less intimidating and more inviting, often to no avail. When teachers make a point of visiting with each parent/family near the beginning of the year, it helps to reduce anxiety and personalize the experience. These can be done through home visits, community center open-houses, and places of worship. The idea is to help parents/caregivers to connect on a personal level. From there it becomes easier to invite parents into schools and classrooms for more specific conversations.
Reducing Space Between Professional and Home
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