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Nov 27, 2019 jjamison

Support parents and guardians in giving feedback that moves learning forward

Throughout the year, whether we are in an elementary, middle years, or secondary school, we invite parents or guardians in to talk about their son’s or daughter’s growth and progress. This usually includes students demonstrating their learning or sharing a portfolio. We often hear teachers ask this question: “How can I help parents and guardians respond to their son’s or daughter’s work in a positive, constructive manner?” You’ll find our response in our most recent blog post.

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If you want to help parents and guardians provide supportive feedback, these three free downloadable documents - excerpts from our best-selling books - will give you useful suggestions you can utilize immediately!

 

Coaching letter template for parents and guardians

You can adapt this letter from our book Conferencing and Reporting - 2nd Edition and send it to parents. They in turn can print it and fill in boxes channeling and organizing their thoughts and questions, including:

  • Areas of strength
  • Areas for improvement
  • Specific goals
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Creating goal envelopes

Having students create goal envelopes enables them to set concrete goals, then demonstrate that they’ve achieved those goals. You can use or adapt this document from our book Conferencing and Reporting - 2nd Edition to start your students on the path to goal setting.

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Encourage parent / student feedback

Helping parents and students interact prior to and during student / parent / teacher conferences is critical to fostering open, constructive communication. Download these excerpts from our books Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms and A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools for pointers to encourage that interaction.

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Conferencing and Reporting - 2nd Edition

Have you ever thought there must be a better way to communicate with parents and guardians? There is! In this best-selling book, the authors have selected the top ten best ways to have students reflecting on their learning, collecting evidence of learning, sharing that evidence with others, and asking for specific feedback to support further learning.

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A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools

A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools describes, step-by-step, how you can effectively work towards a powerful, practical, and informed standards-based grading and reporting process - and features sections on working effectively with parents to help them provide supportive feedback to their students.

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Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms

This book is filled with student-, teacher-, administrator-, and parent-tested ideas that will help you find your way to grading and reporting processes that are both possible and practical – not just during report card time, but all year long.

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Featured Course: Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms

The purpose of this online professional development course is to support system, school, and teacher leaders as they work in support of their elementary colleagues learning in the areas of instruction, assessment, and reporting.

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Featured Course: A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in Secondary Classrooms

The purpose of this online professional development course is to support system, school, and teacher leaders as they work in support of their secondary colleagues learning in the areas of instruction, assessment, and reporting.

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