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We often talk about Parental Engagement on this blog: about how to increase it, why it’s important, and what it means for our children. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the discussions and the terms without really paying attention to what they mean.

It’s important for teachers and administrators to remember that Parental Engagement isn’t just an idea or a phrase, but a process that involves two people, both of whom want the best for their children or students. A lot of the time, parents and teachers can find themselves at odds with each other due to a lack of communication, different goals and ideas, and much more. Though it can be difficult, the results we see when both parties are passionate and understanding of each other really does serve as a reminder that “Parental Engagement” is so much more than a phrase: it is a partnership.