First Presenter's Institution

South Carolina State University; Nova Southeastern University

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

In today’s society, schools and parents are responding to increased expectations, economic pressures, and time constraints. In these changing times, effective partnerships between teachers and parents become more essential to meet the needs of the children they “share.” One of the most unenviable components of a school leader’s job is interacting with angry parents. Learning effective strategies can help defuse tense situations and build trust. Fortunately in most schools, only a few students are a real struggle.

Brief Program Description

Conferences can be difficult when the individuals involved have challenging personalities. Attendees will be introduced to difficult student, parent, teacher/administrator personalities that can take a simple discussion into a battle of wills and non-productivity. Presentation includes indicators and strategies to use to take control of conference from beginning to conclusion with positive outcomes. This presentation is "real talk”, interactive, and entertaining and will provide ideas that can readily be applied into any school conference situation.

Summary

Research says that a thoughtful and planned approach of the interactions with difficult parents and students provides opportunities for all stakeholders in the learning organization to promote with parents and students; while ultimately supporting student learning. This presentation ties into the strand of Family and Community because participants will come away with real and relevant creative ways of solving the “age old” challenge in a school- that of conducting conferences. Through this training attendees will gain “common sense” strategies and receive takeaways that will enable them to be better facilitators when conferences arise. They will be better prepared to anticipate potential pitfall to a nonproductive conversation by putting into action better practices and techniques that can be implemented easily within a school setting.

Evidence

Unfortunately, many educators are not specifically trained in the skills they need to communicate effectively with parents (Schussler, 2013). Caspe (2003) suggests that preparation and professional development programs should actively promote the development of communication skills for educators. Research says that a thoughtful and planned approach of interactions with difficult students and parents provides opportunities for all stakeholders in the learning organization to promote positive partnerships with parents and students; while ultimately supporting student learning

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Bea Lewis is a retired educator, CEO of BEAHIVE Consulting, LLC and an internationally published author. She received BS in Exceptional Education from South Carolina State University and her MS in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has been an Exceptional Education teacher, a middle school administrator, and finally the Hearing Officer for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fl. She wasa special guest panelist at Jacksonville Youth Leadership Conference, Inside the System, nominated to participate in the Office of Justice as a Program Reviewer, a Toastmaster, and is a member of The Professional Woman International Speakers Bureau.

Keyword Descriptors

culture, climate, discipline, difficult, conferences, students, teachers, administrators

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-4-2019 3:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 4:15 PM

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Conversation Techniques for Difficult Parents,Teachers, Students & Administrators

Conferences can be difficult when the individuals involved have challenging personalities. Attendees will be introduced to difficult student, parent, teacher/administrator personalities that can take a simple discussion into a battle of wills and non-productivity. Presentation includes indicators and strategies to use to take control of conference from beginning to conclusion with positive outcomes. This presentation is "real talk”, interactive, and entertaining and will provide ideas that can readily be applied into any school conference situation.