Parents are at the center of a child’s academic success. A Columbia University study done in 2017 revealed that when the parents of middle- and high-schoolers received texts each week outlining their child’s grades, absences, or missed assignments—an example of a strategy known as “nudge interventions”—there was a 39-percent reduction in course failures and an 18-percent increase in student attendance.

A successful relationship between educators and parents requires this sort of constant communication, whether via phone call, email, or even an in-person conversation.

Related: 4 evidence-based ways parents improve student achievement

1. Establish a positive relationship


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  • About the Author:

    Danielle McColl has been a teacher for 13 years. She has taught 1st-, 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade general subjects. She is a gifted and talented endorsed, nationally board-certified teacher who focuses on science and ELA in 5th grade. You can reach her at