Parent–Teacher Relationship Congruence: Whether Views on Relationships Match

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explain the importance of congruent parent–teacher relationships, especially for diverse families, teachers, and schools.
  2. examine whether parent and teacher perceptions of their relationships are congruent, as well as how context may impact congruence.
  3. identify barriers to positive parent–teacher relationships and promote healthy connections between families and schools.


Do parents and teachers at your school agree on how they see each other? Positive family–school relationships are essential for student success, but parents’ and teachers’ perceptions of their relationships are not always congruent. This study examines the congruence of parent–teacher relationships and considers how diverse parent, teacher, and school characteristics impact congruence. A discussion of common barriers and best practices for promoting healthy relationships will help practitioners, students, and researchers apply findings to practice.



Karalynn E. Brown, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Susan M. Sheridan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lorey A. Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Amanda L. Witte, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Donna Chen, Kristen I. Derr

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