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    Building positive relationships with families is like putting money in the bank! Yes, it takes effort and valuable time, but the investment is absolutely worth it. The MTSS process provides several strategic opportunities to connect with families and partner together to support students.

    When problems arise, those investments in relationships pay off because teachers and families have previous positive interactions and information to draw on. In fact, research tells us that increased family engagement impacts student engagement and student success in school. We can’t afford NOT to connect with families!

    With all that teachers (and parents) have on their plates, it can be hard to keep that relationship “bank” in the green. Here are some easy-to-use ideas and strategies to help schools and parents connect and collaborate:

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    1. MTSS PARENT INTRO: SLIDE DECK

    DOWNLOAD: Slides for conferences or back-to-school night

    Make the first introduction to MTSS for families a simple and positive message about how your school supports all students, including those that need extra help. Share this brief slide deck with families during back-to-school events, conferences, or a family engagement night.

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    2. PHONE SCRIPT

    DOWNLOAD: Phone Script

    Making phone calls can be a challenge, especially if you are worried about being clear and understood by parents. A simple phone script can be extremely helpful for new or even veteran teachers. Remember to make the first call a proactive, positive one! 

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    3. EMAIL SCRIPT

    DOWNLOAD: Email Script

    When helping parents understand MTSS, be sure you are offering clear, practical information. This email template can help.

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    4. PARENT/FAMILY SURVEY FORM

    DOWNLOAD: Parent/Family Survey Form [PDF version]
    DOWNLOAD: Parent/Family Survey Form [Google Form version]

    “YOU SHOULD KNOW…” Getting to know students and their families takes time, especially if you have more than one section of students. A simple survey for families provides meaningful information and connection points with your students. 

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    5. PARENT COMMUNICATION LOG

    It’s important to track parent contact, both to ensure that all parents are getting the information they need, and that parents of struggling students aren’t overwhelmed with redundant or negative communication. 

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    Using an online MTSS platform like BRM streamlines communication and enhances collaboration by allowing everyone on a student’s team to see basic details of all parent contacts, whether by phone, email, or in person. 


    Other BRM Resources:


     

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    September 27, 2022

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