My best relationship building tool is “Two Minute Tuesday.” Each Tuesday that we are in school, unless someone in my house is sick, I send each parent a text message or an E-mail sharing something positive about his/her child from the previous week. I may share about a time that the child was a good friend, had an academic accomplishment, or did something that just made me smile! Later, if the need arises, and I have to contact the parent for a concern, the parent is almost always very supportive because I have already established a positive relationship!Establishing quality partnerships with parents is an important part of the beginning of every school year. Share your best strategies for connecting with parents in your PLC or grade-level meetings.
About Heather Mullins
Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.