"Such a quick and impactful read, from some of the most successful urban educators. Teach For America staff and teachers have raved for years about these ideas."
- Wendy Kopp, Founder & Chair of Teach For America
"When you combine Mike Goldstein's cut-to-the-chase smarts with Match's proven learning about what actually works, you get a potent, witty, and behavior-changing exploration of one of a teacher's most important tools for accelerating student learning."
- Steven Farr, Chief Knowledge Officer, Teach for America
"Too many books about teachers, students and families just focus on bake sales, behavior challenges, or missing backpacks...this book highlights the why, what, and how for teachers building strong and productive relationships with families. As someone who obsesses about teacher time, I was impressed how the book spells out how long outreach will take and why it is worth it. If only this book had existed when I was teaching!"
- Maia Heyck-Merlin, author of The Together Teacher and founder of The Together Group, former Chief Talent Officer of Achievement First
"I've been teaching a number of Match Education's practices and procedures to my pre-service teachers for several years now-- including phone calls with parents-- to great effect. I'm thrilled that Phoning Parents (which I'll be assigning!) codifies Match's insightful, straightforward, and good-humored approach to a crucial tool for building powerful, productive relationships with students and their parents."
- Scott Seider, Assistant Professor of Education, Boston University
"Phoning Parents is a wonderful book that teaches teachers how to open their hearts and classrooms to parents. When parents can become co-architects in their children's learning, magic happens! A must read for every educator!"
- Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Unified School District
"With its clear focus on practice, it can help beginning teachers get started and support more experienced teachers refine their use of phone calls home."
- Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan School of Education and TeachingWorks
"Phoning Parents is engagingly written and totally and pragmatically useful to any teacher or administrator. It'll not only make you better at the phone calls you make now but help you see new opportunities to use communication with parents to help students succeed."
- Doug Lemov, Managing Director, Uncommon Schools, Taxonomy Project
About the Author
Mike Goldstein is the founder of the Match Charter School and the Match Teacher Residency in Boston, both now part of Match Education (www.matcheducation.org). Mike serves or has served on various advisory boards: transition teams for the past two MA governors (Deval Patrick and Mitt Romney), the National Council for Teacher Quality, Harvard's Futures of School Reform, Boston Schoolchildren's Consortium, Education Sector, and others. He received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from Duke University. Match Education is a Boston-based education organization. We run high-performing urban charter schools, train exceptional rookie teachers, and share what we learn with colleagues across the country.