Reaching Out-Parents as Partners

Teachers can help parents advocate effectively by:

  • supporting parental participation in the child’s Individualized Education Program.
  • working with parents to create goals for students in the home and at school.
  • offering information about resources, services, and technology in school and the community.
  • recognizing parents as partners in their child’s learning and allowing them to have a voice.

By welcoming the contributions of parents and working with them to support their deaf or hard of hearing child, you will be helping your students succeed.
  • Talk to parents about their child’s strengths, abilities, likes, and dislikes.
  • Ask parents what strategies they use at home for communication.
  • Keep a communication notebook to discuss the school day or events at home.
  • Seek out parents’ opinions on strategies to involve their children in classroom activities.
  • Ask parents to volunteer in the classroom or on a field trip.
Remember: A student will have many teachers, but parents are with their child throughout his or her educational journey.

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