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Barriers in Building Relationships in School Settings

Can you assist me with the following:
Watch the following videos and read following articles: (In a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words):
#140edu, 8/2/11; Parents Panel: Parents of SLA (http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-parents-panel-parents-of-sla-5469471)
Positive Impact (http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2011/08/positive-impact.html)
Parents in the Classroom Part One (http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com/2011/09/parents-in-classroom-part-one_29.html)
Parents in the Classroom 2 (http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com/2011/09/parents-in-classroom-2.html)
Parents are from Mars, Teachers are from Venus (http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2010/04/parents-are-from-mars-teachers-are-from-venus.html)
Making Connections Between Home and School: Parents Become Active Participants (http://www.edutopia.org/making-connections-between-home-school)

1. What were your first impressions after watching and reading the various resources on building relationships and engaging adults? 2. Which ideas really 'jumped out' at you? 3. What ideas (if any), that were presented are you currently seeing in your school or community? 4. Identify at least two barriers in your current school or community that might prevent you from incorporating these ideas and include possible solutions for overcoming the barriers. (My community is in newark, new jersey).

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I think my first impression when I watched the Parents Panel: Parents of SLA is that the parents really wanted to be involved in their child's education. They were so dedicated and helped in any way that they were needed. I think what stood out to me on the Science Leadership Academy was that the students were not accepted because of their grades or socioeconomic status; they were interviewed by the staff and students.

Another thing that interested me in the article Making Connections Between Home and School: Parents Become Active Participants is how involved and how willing to be involved some of the parents were. Parent participation is a definite bonus; however, when a parent willingly participates, it is even more appreciated.

The video A Principal's Reflections were extremely interesting because of the various ways they used social media to reach the parents as well as the students. Using Facebook and Twitter to reach parents and to keep everyone informed would be extremely helpful. After I watched this video, there are many schools today that these social media outlets for their school system. I found that a barrier ...

Solution Summary

Discusses specific videos and how they correlate with building relationship and engaging adults in the educational setting of their child's school. It discusses how schools can increase parental engagement by the use of social media, as well as how to overcome the barriers that exist in schools.