Nathan and Radcliffe (1994) interviewed 1,823 educators in 29 states. More than half of the educators ranked the following skills as important to working with families:
Scholars who were interviewed also agreed with this list, but they added that it was extremely important for educators to know how to involve parents in the curriculum. In an economics or business class, for example, the teacher might ask students to learn more about how their family decided on a major purchase. Parents can discuss such assignments with their children, making the class discussion much richer and the academic material more relevant to the students.