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Creating parent-teacher groups enables parents to share their opinion in regards to topics that concern directly their children, such as classroom activities, field trips, or homework.
This can prove extremely efficient, as parents are the ones who know the best their kids and can, therefore, make great decisions when it comes to them.
This kind of program often results in successful cooperation between parents and teachers, therefore ensuring that no feedback is lost.
Parent volunteers get in contact with other parents for topics related to their children and forward their opinions to teachers, enabling an efficient communication of everybody's thoughts and suggestions.
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