This course provides teachers and administrators with persuasive and effective strategies for conferencing with parents, including uncooperative or difficult parents. This 7-step interview using the 7-Cs of communication will move parents toward becoming committed participants in the goal of solving their child’s academic and behavioral challenges. Teachers and administrators will learn how the Safety, Order and Rights value set provides a firm and logical foundation for setting goals and finding solutions.  Read more and enroll in this course…

Sample Lesson

“Conducting the Parent Conference” moves with you into the next phase of dealing with problem behavior in students – enlisting the parent as a partner in the solution. You will learn ways to organize your observations and thoughts about students, and you will learn a seven-step outline for planning the interview to keep it on track and focused.

Before we examine the rationale underlying the Safety, Order, and Rights Value Set ®, please complete the following exercise (located in the online course).

The seven steps:

Step 1 Establish the Goal
Step 2 State the Behavior Problem
Step 3 Support Your Position
Step 4 Communicate Your Commitment
Step 5 Solicit a Commitment
Step 6 Develop or Propose an Effective Plan
Step 7 Plan a Follow-Up

The seven-step plan is designed to move a parent conference along from the definition of the problem to the solution of the problem, keeping in the forefront the goal of providing a safe and orderly environment that protects everyone’s rights. When the seven steps are followed, parents are moved from an uncertain or uncooperative position to a position where they become an ally and part of the solution.

The work you have done on your classroom management plan in this series of courses prepares you for the parent conference and helps communicate to the parent your efforts to teach students about behavior. It teaches students which behavior is appropriate or inappropriate, considers ways to keep students engaged so they won’t misbehave, redirects misbehavior, communicates to students about their behavior, and provides interventions when necessary. All of these efforts impress upon parents the idea that you are an effective manager of your classroom and that you expect cooperation from them in solving the problem.

The ultimate goal of the classroom management plan is to provide a safe and orderly environment that protects the students’ right to learn and the teachers’ right to teach – the authors call this the Safety, Order and Rights ® value set. The value set underlies the rules and consequences of the plan and provides the basic language for communicating with students and parents about student behavior. The logic and common sense nature of the value set is the framework that makes your plan effective.

When using the Constructive Discipline approach, it is assumed you are using the underlying framework of the Safety, Order and Rights ® value set – you will find the value set essential to the basic success of the approach, because it is referred to in the wording of the verbal techniques and in the strategies for conducting parent conferences. In “Conducting the Parent Conference,” the value set provides a framework that easily communicates to parents your commitment to all the students in your care. It touches on the most basic needs of students and promotes their making more appropriate choices. It also presents a logical and unassailable foundation for the presentation you’re about to make.

Now let’s examine the rationale underlying the Safety, Order and Rights ® value set.

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