About this Title
This book helps teachers, principals, superintendents, and all educators develop a repertoire of tools and skills for comfortable and effective interaction with parents. It shows you how to deal with the parent who is bossy, volatile, argumentative, aggressive, or maybe the worst - apathetic. It provides specific phrases to use with parents to help you avoid using "trigger" words which unintentionally make matters worse. It will show you how to deliver bad news to good parents, how to build positive credibility to all types of parents, and how to foster the kind of parent involvement which leads to student success.
- About the Authors
- Describing Today's Parents
- What is Wrong With These Parents, Anyway?
- Building Credibility - Everyone Wants to Associate with a Winner
- Positive Communication with Parents - An Ounce of Prevention
- Listen, Learn, and Cultivate
- Never Let Them See You Sweat
- What if the Parent is Right?
- The Best Way to Get in the Last Word
- Do You Feel Defensive? If So, Something is Wrong
- Delivering Bad News - Hey, I'm Just the Messenger
- But, I Did Get a Good Deal . . . Examining the Car Salesman
- What if They Use the "F" Word . . . Fair?
- Focus on the Future
- Understanding Parental Involvement
- Increasing Parental Involvement with School
- Increasing Parental Involvement At Home
- Parting Thoughts
"Really fantastic. A must-read for all educators." -Sarah Hardin via Goodreads
About the Author
Dr. Douglas J. Fiore has served in many roles in public education over the past 21 years. After serving as a classroom teacher and then principal in several schools, Doug worked in a leadership position with the Virginia Department of Education, and he has been a faculty member at universities in Georgia and in Virginia. Currently, Doug is a faculty member in the Doctor of Education Program at Virginia State University.
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been recognized as a leading motivational speaker in the field of education. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written sixteen educational books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently.