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How do I establish an educational partnership with parents and students?

GEAR UP coordinators, middle school counselors, and teachers alike can all help parents and students by acting as a sounding board and information source with regard to the adolescent's personal, educational, and career goals and aspirations. To establish educational partnerships with parents and students, educators can facilitate individual and group activities that focus on goal-setting for both educational and vocational pursuits. These professionals can also help parents to understand how they can impact their child's interest in career exploration and educational development. Programs can be developed where parents can participate as instructors in workshops. Counselors and coordinators may also want to consider organizing educational and vocational planning materials and sessions for students and parents as well.

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