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Friday, February 21 • 8:30am - 9:45am
The Parent Connection: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School

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In the current landscape of technology and connectivity, parents and caregivers are becoming more interested in their role in their student's education. Unfortunately, families are busier than ever, and parents often seem unavailable or disconnected from their child’s academic journey. Information is wide and varying, and parents often come to teachers frustrated and overwhelmed in trying to determine their role. As teachers, it can be difficult to know how to best support and manage parent involvement.

Using current research in child developmental psychology, parenting and education, we can develop an understanding of the unique and valuable role of parents in a student's educational success. We can also determine the best ways to communicate and advise parents about their role, minimizing conflict and fostering relationship.

Dealing with parents can be a time-consuming and frustrating part of the teaching process. Despite this, most teachers know that parent involvement and support is one of the most influential and advantageous parts of fostering student success. By better understanding the parental role in a child's education and development, and working proactively to create strong relationships and communication with families and caregivers, we can greatly reduce teacher stress and workload in addressing parent concerns.

In strengthening the relationships between families and their education providers, and helping parents to better understand their unique role, we can reduce redundancy, frustration and conflict, allowing both teachers and caregivers to play their own role in raising kids who successfully navigate their education.


In this session, we will examine the current landscape of parenting, the common struggles teachers face in dealing with parents and caregivers and some creative new ways to support and involve parents in a constructive way.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquie Ganton

Jacquie Ganton

Evolve Education Consulting
My name is Jacquie Ganton and I have been an educator in Alberta since 2007. I am also a wife and mom of 4 kids, ages 5-12. I spent my first two years of post-secondary obtaining a degree in Natural Resource Technology from Lakeland College. From there, I transferred to the University... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre