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Beginning Again with Marginalized Parents

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element D: Teachers work collaboratively with the families and/or significant adults for the benefit of students.

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This article examines how an administrator in an alternative school engages parents and families of students to better meet student needs and bridge the gap between school and community.  

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ASCD, & Adkins-Sherif, J. (2017, September). Beginning Again With Marginalized Parents. Retrieved from


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Julie Warnke
I loved reading this article as it confirms many of the things I am already doing to engage families and support students. I like the idea of quick feedback to parents, not long lectures about inappropriate behavior. At the beginning of each school year, I set the tone by sending every single parent a positive and encouraging email about their child. It shows that I have made a connection with their student, and I am already getting to know them. I also inundate parents with videos and little stories about their students. This is the best part of being a teacher, getting to share with parents what their little people are doing when they are in the educational and social/emotional environment.