The results: Teachers feel parents aren't telling them about the major changes in the home that affect the students in their classroom. Parents feel teachers don't share revealing details about their child's behavior at school.
In fact, 94% of teachers surveyed felt it's important for parents to inform them of a divorce or other rupture in the marriage. But only 23% of divorcing parents surveyed said they shared that with the teacher.
"When we talked to parents, the kinds of things you hear are, well, 'I don't really have a relationship with the teacher ... besides, what's the teacher going to do, anyway? They're not going to mend my marriage,'" Maxfield said.
If the teacher has context from parents, he or she can be more understanding. So when a child acts out, Maxfield said, an educator can address the root cause of the disruption when it occurs.
Of course, the point of improved communication between teachers and parents is to create the best experience and environment for the student.
"The more the teachers understand the context of [children's] behavior, the more successful they can be at their jobs," Maxfield said.
What are you doing to create and maintain the lines of communication between school and home? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments.