2e. Teachers work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students.

Standard 2:   Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students

Teachers recognize that educating children is a shared responsibility involving the school, parents or guardians, and the community. Teachers improve communication and collaboration between the school and the home and community in order to promote trust and understanding and build partnerships with all segments of the school community. Teachers seek solutions to overcome cultural and economic obstacles that may stand in the way of effective family and community involvement in the education of their students.

Critical Elements: Classroom Climate, Discipline, Personal Relationship Building

Related Critical Elements

Classroom Climate

The Skillful Teacher operational definition of classroom climate: “The feelings and beliefs students have and the cumulative patterns of behavior that result from those feelings and beliefs regarding community and mutual support, risk taking and confidence, and influence and control.” When students feel empowered, accepted, and safe enough to take risks, they like school better… [read more]


Many teachers use a disproportionate amount of time and energy towards classroom management or discipline. Sadly, a significant percentage of teachers leave teaching because they found they rarely dealt with anything other than discipline. If you find yourself struggling in the area of classroom discipline you are not alone!

Personal Relationship Building

The long reach and powerful grasp of caring relationships in schools is well documented in almost seventy years of education research. There is a strong association between student-adult relationships and student retention, achievement, and aspirations.

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