68: Parenting that Empowers

IMG_5257 Instead of dreading parent contact and interaction, embrace the challenge. It will step up your game to let parents in so they can become an empowering force for their child’s success in your classroom. Tune in to hear the 4 steps you can follow right this moment to turn things around.




  • Parent anger is often due to misinformation
  • My most difficult parents became my allies because I was able to shed light on what was actually going on, share my training and best practices, include them in decision making and allow them to feel heard.
  • That resistance didn’t deter me from accomplishing my mission as a teacher, but it did make me aware of how parents felt helpless and frustrated and their kids were picking up on that
    Instead of being frustrated and hating on parents, embrace the experience
  • Share your policy, not your perspective
  • Parent relationships are so powerful when you leverage them correctly

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About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.