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Communication with parents

Introducing a new way of doing things to parents is extremely important.

Parents need to know how the school year will progress, who they can contact when the need arises, and how their child will benefit from the model.

In comprehensive co-teaching, parents need to understand what it means when classes are combined and two teachers teach and grade students together. You could have a parents’ night at the beginning of the school year, during which you can explain the way you will work, present your goals, and give parents a chance to participate in matters that concern them.

Decide on the rules for conduct and responsibilities concerning communication: how will you communicate, who will contact whom and can it change in the future. Often communication with parents will naturally divide equally between teachers, as parents will often contact both teachers or just one of them and might change who they contact in the middle of the year.