Category: Communication with Schools

Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Process Helps Schools and Families Resolve Differences When Supporting Students with Disabilities

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. In these cases, there is a specific process to resolve disputes, as outlined by the Ohio...

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FlipGrid: How does your school or district build trust with families?

We’re using Flipgrid to record short video examples of how Ohio schools are building (or rebuilding) trust with families this year. Do you have an example to share? Flipgrid is informal. Don’t worry about...


Talking Points: A Free App Teachers and Families Can Use to Translate their Text Messages Back and Forth

Two-way communication between families and schools is extremely important in times where teachers are providing remote instruction. To ensure that all families can understand and benefit from school communications, families and teachers can download...

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Guidance for Families of Children Learning English – How to Make Sure Your Child has the Resources They Need in the Classroom

This toolkit from the Improving Instruction Project has resources for families of children who are learning English. The guides for families on their website include: Building Successful Communication Between Parents/Guardians and Teachers Working with...

Intentional Partnerships Podcast

“Each episode of the Intentional Partnerships Podcast offers an on-the-ground perspective from real people exploring their shared values around family engagement. Over the 11-episode season, you’ll hear from teachers, parents, district administrators, early childhood...

Fact Sheet for non English proficient families

Fact Sheet: Info for Families with Limited English Language Proficiency and for School Staff who Communicate with Them (Available in 11 Languages)

This fact sheet answers common questions about the rights of parents and guardians who do not speak, listen, read, or write English proficiently because it is not their primary language. Translations of the fact...

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Ohio Family Story: Transition from Homeschool to Formal Education

Kenyona and her husband decided to homeschool their children through kindergarten and first grade. While both children have since transitioned to private school, the idea of no longer homeschooling her children left Kenyona second-guessing...

How to Prepare for a Conversation with your Child’s Teacher will help you to feel prepared for a great conversation with your child’s teacher. Though their focus is on supporting families of children with learning/attention issues, their resources are very helpful for any...

Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to download the English version of the application and share with families in your community.

Click here to download the Spanish version of the application and share with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.

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