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

Teachers' Guide

By: Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins

Written for classroom teachers, this edition of a best-seller provides strategies that can be used to work with even the most difficult parents.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544352442
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication date: August 22, 2019

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Strategies for working with parents of all kinds 

Parents can be a teacher’s greatest advocate—and that’s why it’s important to know how to handle even the hardest parent situations. In fact, new teachers reported that parent communication is one of their biggest challenges. This teachers’ edition of the all-time best-selling How to Deal With Parents Who Are Angry, Troubled, Afraid, or Just Seem Crazy provides invaluable strategies that teachers can use to defuse angry parents and to work with all parents to advance the success of their children. Addressing a variety of educator needs and concerns, this resource

• Helps teachers get parents on their side with a set of proactive practices and policies 
• Provides guidelines for teachers to follow when meeting with parents during annual reviews and IEP meetings
• Includes advice and vignettes that reflect challenges and concerns of today’s teachers

With resources that will remain relevant to teachers throughout their careers, this book provides a clear explanation of the complexities that interact to create dysfunctional parents and how teachers can most effectively problem solve, communicate, and learn from their relationships with parents. 

Key features

Teachers will receive:
  • A set of templates suitable for reproducing on 3/5 cards. Side 1 will contain several descriptors that quickly identify a type of difficult parents. Side 2 of the will contain key prompts teachers can use to keep their encounters and conversations with parents on positive and productive levels
  • An assessment that teachers can self-administer to help them evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses
  •  A set of proactive classroom practices and policies to help teachers get parents on their side during the first three weeks of the school year
  • Recommended guidelines for classroom teachers to follow when meeting with parents during Annual Reviews and IEP meetings


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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 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 (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Chapter 1. Why Are There So Many Angry Parents?

     Facet 1: The Increasing Variety of Today’s Family Units

     Facet 2: The Range of Needs, Issues, and Problems of Today’s Students

     Facet 3: A Continuum of Types of Schools

     Facet 4: The Things Teachers Do That Irritate and Inflame Parents

     Facet 5: A Variety of Types of Parents

Chapter 2. Proactive Ways to Get and Keep Parents on Your Side

Chapter 3. Defusing and Disarming Out-of-Control Parents

     What Is Anger?

     How to Deal With Angry Parents

     How to Deal With Very Dysfunctional Parents

     Using Your Encounters With Parents to Learn and Grow

Chapter 4. Solving the Problems That Make Parents Angry, Troubled, Afraid, and Seem Even Crazier

     The Pervasive Problems That Will Plague You

     Solving the Problems That Plague You

Chapter 5. Advice From Teachers Who Have Seen It All

Chapter 6. Putting Your Best Self Forward

     Pay Attention to Your “Emotional Immune System”

     Nurture Your Best Self Around a Set of Personal Traits That Signify Character

     Affirm, Bridge, Communicate (ABC)

     Lead by Example

     Conduct an Assertive Intervention

     Take the A Train

     Deposit Trust in Your Relationship Trust and Savings Bank

     Become an Assertive and Self-Differentiated Teacher

     Tend to Your Health

     One at a Time or All at Once

Conclusion: 10 Goals to Help You Deal With Difficult Parents