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

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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)

About the Author

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 Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002) and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (Ed.D) from Northern Illinois University.

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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.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • 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
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Index
  • Facilitator’s Guide
  • Study Modules

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