Building Connections with Families

Building trusting relationships can help families and school staff to authentically work together. These connections help each partner value the other and develop a shared understanding of how to work as a team. Relationships are critical for addressing mistrust some families experience toward the educational system and serve as a foundation for solving problems and resolving conflict.

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Research supports the importance of strong relationships.  Researchers have found that trust among school staff and families is a key predictor of school performance.

Often I waited to build relationships with families until something went wrong, and then it is hard to do.  Now I am going to start building relationships at the beginning of the year so that when things get hard, we have something to build on.

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