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Unit 7: Competency Goal #4
Competency Goal 4: To Establish Positive and Productive Relationships with Families
Keys to Establish Productive Relationships with Families
Candidates will maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationships with each child's family.
You should develop communication skills to use with parents and other family members. Help families feel welcome. Encourage parents to talk about important family events and their children's special interests and behavior at home. Learn strategies, such as conferencing, home visits and parent meetings, to reliably and consistently share information with families about the child's experiences in the program.
Candidates will support the child's relationship with her or his family.
You should recognize and value differences between families and develop respect for individual families' cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and childrearing practices.
Develop a clear understanding of the differences between the role of teacher and the role of parent. You should be sensitive to parents' role as primary caregivers of their children. You should see how important it is for teachers to develop an attachment to children that does not compete with the children's relationship with their parent.
Candidates will encourage family involvement in the program.
Use a variety of ways to include parents and other family members in program planning, activities, and discussions about common interests. See yourself as a collaborator with parents to foster children's development. Start or add to your resources for families: books, brochures, tapes, websites, referral lists, networkingresources.
Candidates will negotiate with families to resolve differences over goals and/or strategies to reach them.
Learn to recognize areas of disagreement between home and school that require reconsideration for the benefit of children's development and learning. Learn to engage in constructive strategies for negotiating productive resolutions from both points of view.
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