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How to Deal With Parents Who Are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Plain Crazy

How to Deal With Parents Who Are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Plain Crazy

Second Edition

November 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

How do you deal with high-maintenance parents who never seem happy with the job you are doing?

Emotionally charged, often disgruntled, and occasionally abusive parents—sound familiar? The second edition of Elaine McEwan’s bestselling classic will help you manage your most difficult audience, adding several new features and examples that will give you the confidence and skills you need to handle such situations, including:

 - Over two dozen strategies—enhanced and updated—to defuse emotionally charged parents
 - An updated, easy-to-administer Healthy School Checklist—determine if your school’s culture encourages parents or pushes them over the edge
 - Fifty Ways to build parental support for your school
 - Ten Goals-at-a-Glance to help keep your school-community relations on target

Every educator will find invaluable strategies for handling angry and unresponsive parents and the critical issues that cause misunderstandings. Following McEwan’s seven steps of effective problem-solving will help with quick solutions while creating a nurturing, healthy school environment. And in today’s schools and a NCLB environment, developing a supportive parent-community relationship is essential to everyone’s success.

Why So Many Parents Are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Plain Crazy
Defusing and Disarming Out-of-Control Parents
Solving the Problems That Make Parents Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Plain Crazy
Creating and Nurturing a Healthy School
The Proactive Approach: Fifty-Plus Ways to Build Parental Support
Facilitator's Guide
Study Modules

This book has great potential for helping administrators not only work with parents who may have a particular problem, but also create school environments that enhance general parent-teacher-school relations. The many specific suggestions pointing to positive solutions is a major strength, and the facilitator guide is an excellent addition.

Gwen Rudney, Coordinator of Elementary Education
University of Minnesota, Morris

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Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins

Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132116110