How to build a relationship between your child’s teacher and the school district?
So, say you’re a teacher and you have a bunch of teachers coming to school wanting to hold a healthy parent meet-up or talk through concerns over student performance. How do you put on a successful event? Or even more exciting, how do you organize a simple meeting between a parent and an administrator to launch a positive relationship?
The Common Sense Parent/Teacher Association (CS/TPA) welcomes these types of opportunities. CS/TPA is a nationwide non-profit that provides coaching on how to establish and maintain positive school relationships by working with member schools through its Charter Schools Initiative. C/TPA was founded in 1998 by a group of educators from Oakland who realized that professional development was important to help bridge communication gaps. An era of “The East Bay Teacher” vs. The High-Pressure Los Angeles Teacher came to an end, as values-based instruction became the norm.
CS/TPA sits on a foundation of educational support services, but their members know the advantages of working with parents to build a positive climate. “We offer comprehensive coaching services, such as three days of professional development every other year, a confidential advisor and support hotline, and advocacy for educators,” states Kerry Brunelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of C/TPA.
As a nonprofit, C/TPA is happy to offer professional development as long as it benefits their members and children. “Our programs and services benefit the students, principals, teachers, and parents at the schools in our network,” states Brunelle. “By helping schools to achieve a positive classroom climate, we help students to learn more and achieve more.”
C/TPA offers training seminars and workshops in areas such as conflict resolution, communication, academic strategies, field trips, time management, student success, behavior issues, bully prevention, and staff-parent conflict resolution. The group provides support for educators and their families, as well as parents who are struggling or have disciplinary issues. C/TPA exists to facilitate these important networking opportunities, as well as provide children with a positive learning environment that empowers them to succeed.
So, what do you want to talk about when you sit down to meet with a parent? Did your child finally demonstrate a love for the arts or cut down on their time spent using the computer? Who can you tell the principal about who doesn’t even try to go to class?
For more information on CS/TPA, visit www.cspa.org.