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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Teacher Talk Highlights Parental Involvement

~ Tools and resources available for family engagement ~

Tallahassee - Parents looking for additional opportunities to help their students succeed in and out of the classroom this summer are encouraged to tune in to the latest Florida Department of Education (DOE) Teacher Talk show. This month's episode of the popular series, available through the Florida Knowledge Network and on the Just for Teachers website, focuses on unique ways parents can get involved in their child's education.

"Establishing a positive relationship with parents is an essential role that teachers must play right from the start," said DOE Teacher Liaison Kelly Seay. "A supportive home environment is crucial to a child's academic success. By working with their students' families, teachers can be assured that learning continues even after the child has left the classroom."

Throughout the show, teacher Liaison Kelly Seay shares why it is important to involve parents in the educational process and interviews teachers who are able to share common parental communication techniques. In addition, the show highlights various ways for parents to become co-educators within the classroom, enhancing the overall student experience.

The show rounds out with information on how families can get involved with their local School Choice Parental Advisory Council and provides teachers and parents with a collection of resources, strategies, and ideas to improve the home, school, and teacher relationship.

Teachers who view this episode will also learn of the Teacher Treasures giveaway for the month of June, a two-night stay at the Palms Hotel. In May, Exceptional Student Education Teacher Kathryn Hall from Palm Beach County Public Schools won a two-night stay for two at Jupiter Beach Resort.

To view the latest Teacher Talk show or to learn of the many resources available for parents, visit