Toolkit Library/

How to break down communication barriers between teachers and families

Collaborating with parents can enrich the dialogue around educational challenges and seed ideas that can lead to innovation. Yet engaging with parents to learn their values, perspectives, and experiences (Practices M1, C1, and C2) can also be challenging—for multiple reasons. This article on Understood.org identifies six common barriers that can make it difficult for parents to be active collaborators and lays out potential solutions for navigating around those barriers.

   Article

   20 minutes

   By: Amanda Morin, Understood.org

   K-12 educators | Leader-prep


Making connections:

Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

More on this topic:

Creating a culture of collaborative family engagement

  Article

  15 minutes

  By: Getting Smart, Kristen Thorson

Collaboration characteristics

  Tool

  10 minutes

  By: Principled Innovation™ (PI)

Just thinking about cooperation can make you less prejudiced

  Article

  10 minutes

  By: Greater Good Science Center, Jill Suttie

Cultural humility

  Video

  2 minutes

  By: Psych Hub

How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?

  Article

  10 minutes

  By: New York Times, Nicholas Kristof

Access our collection of +200 learning materials

PI toolkit library