Site 12: Classroom

Our virtual tour of a Family Friendly Partnership School combines the concepts of architecture and improvement planning for a sustained program of actions by educators and families.


  • Adult-size chairs are available when meeting with adults.

Remember how uncomfortable you felt when you entered a classroom and there was no place to sit? Try having a Welcome Chair available in every classroom so visitors have a place to seat when they are observing a class. The chairs can be donated and decorated by families, art students at your local school and community members. Local businesses can also sponsor a chair to promote their business and show support for the schools. For more information about this activity, contact: Deb McKee, Family Involvement Coordinator (please refer to detailed contact information within the column to the left)

  • Some schools may need to conduct conferences and other activities in other parts of the building besides the classroom or even outside of the school building itself.
  • Initiate conversation by having the parents speak first concerning their comments and concerns.
  • There is no desk between the teacher and parent to create a barrier to conversation.
  • A low table may be available between the teacher and parent for the convenience of paperwork.
  • Inform the family that communications, e.g., weekly folders, from you as a teacher, will be printed on yellow paper, for example, so that information can be found easily in the child's book bag/back pack.
  • Other colored paper may be used for notes from the principal and/or the various school specialists.
  • There is a parent information bulletin board by the door inside the room that contains a monthly parent-volunteer sign-up sheet for special occasions, class projects, field trips, celebrations, etc.
  • Monthly curriculum themes, teacher expectations, rules, objectives, upcoming events and guest speakers are also posted on the bulletin board.
  • Awareness posters/banners are posted that show class spirit, learning objectives, classroom protocol, the equation for child success (the teacher + the parent = child success and high self-esteem) and weekly/monthly shining stars (model students: great effort, taking initiative, doing their best, helpfulness, following instructions and the rules, etc.)
  • School staff makes positive phone calls (phones or cell phones available in each classroom) to families and sends positive post cards.

Last Modified: 4/16/2013 11:42:14 AM