A short guide for developing partnership

What is partnership?

Partnership is a common agreement expressed by way of a smile, a glance, a word, a nod, a handshake, or other such means to demonstrate an unconditional agreement between two or more persons. It means moving in a common direction, with the same intentions, to achieve a common goal. It is to support one another with the intention of achieving big or small results. To be a partner implies that an emotional bond exists between the parties and that a relationship of trust was established.

What constitutes partnership?
Partnership requires moments of communication that may be very intense. We must listen and pay attention to the other’s manners and behaviours. It requires us to try and understand each other and find common solutions. Partnership is an essential key to the success of a worthy cause!
The benefits of partnership on the young...
Partnership is contagious and creates a sense of mutual trust concerning the actions to be taken. Two heads are better than one! This allows a young person to see that there are people who are of like mind concerning the youth’s success who act accordingly and provide support.

Partnership represents an essential catalyst for young people to succeed.


Partnership between the parents and the teacher

 Hints for the parents:
  • Support the daily activities of teachers
  • Maintain a constructive dialogue with the teachers
  • Share information with teachers regarding different aspects of your child's health, hobbies, strengths, challenges, etc.
  • Make contact with teachers early on in the school year
  • Share your concerns with teachers about your child’s difficulties
  • Support teachers in the execution of class or school projects
  • Participate in meetings and activities offered by teachers
  • Request explanations from teachers concerning issues that are difficult to understand
  • Offer teachers tokens of appreciation for their investment in your child's success
  • Communicate with teachers by phone, written message, email, or in meeting
  • Respond quickly to requests from teachers
  • Calmly state your opinion
  • Listen to the viewpoints of the teachers without interrupting
  • Become involved with teachers to search for solutions
  • Keep your commitments with teachers
  • Be open to invitations and discussions
  • Show your willingness to invest time and to develop a relationship of trust with teachers
Hints for teachers:
  • Understand the reality of parents: work, family, past difficulties, etc.
  • Maintain constructive dialogue with parent
  • Share information you have with the parents on a regular basis concerning the child’s attitude, behaviour, academic achievement, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
  • Make contact with the parents at the beginning of the school year
  • Share your concerns with the parents when their child encounters difficulties
  • Support the parents’ efforts for the welfare of their child
  • Readily accept requests by parents for meetings
  • Give parents signs of appreciation for their investment in the success of their child
  • Communicate with parents by phone, written message, email, or in meetings
  • Respond quickly to requests from parents
  • Calmly explain your point of view 
  • Listen to the parents’ point of view without interrupting
  • Become involved in the search for solutions together with the parents
  • Fulfill commitments made with the parents
  • Remain open to discussion
  • Initiate activities that require the parents’ help
  • Invest the time to develop a relationship of trust with the parents

Great examples of partnership

Hooked on School Days afford an opportunity to do something concrete and to emphasise the importance of school perseverance.

Visit our web site about the Hooked on School Days in Estrie for ideas about activities and to participate!


Projet PRÉE Team, 2009