First Advisor

Upton, Gary


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

57 pages


The purpose of this project was to develop a handbook containing the best practices in parent-teacher communication for first-year teachers (or any other person seeking further knowledge on this subject). According to The MetLife Survey of The American Teacher (2004-2005), new teachers reported the greatest challenge they face is communicating with parents. They also included it was the area in which they were the least prepared. The literature review covers research dating back nearly 30 years on practices veteran teachers and practitioners used for improving parent-teacher communication. The content of the handbook covers (a) the initial meeting; (b) building relationships; (c) encouraging on-going communication; (d) ways of communicating; (e) parent-teacher conferences; and (f) encountering difficult parents.

Date of Award

Summer 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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