Definition: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication throughout the transition process.
- Productive conversations
- Soft skills for educators
Parent Keys to Success in the Parent-School Partnership, from the Pacer Center. PDF, 3 p., 2004.
The Importance of Good Communication Skills: Strategies for Team Building, blog article from education.com
How to conduct difficult conversations:
- Managing Difficult Conversations, a 9-minute instructional video plus a discussion guide/workbook
- Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes, from Harvard Business Review
- We Have to Talk: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations, from consultant Judy Ringer
- Being Heard: 6 Strategies for Getting Your Point Across, from consultant Judy Ringer
Protocols are guidelines for conversations and discussions. The National School Reform Faculty has developed a whole series of protocols for different situations and needs:
- Why protocols? from the National School Reform Faculty. PDF, 1 p., undated.
- Considerations for Responsive Facilitation, a checklist for a facilitator from the National School Reform Faculty. PDF, 2 p., undated.
- A master list of protocols from the National School Reform Faculty. You’ll need to create a free account to see the protocols.