When we look at transforming schools into the 21st Century, communication is a common competency in multiple frameworks. We know that to be an effective teacher, we must be able to communicate well with our students and other professionals in the field. I feel that more formal education towards improved communication methods and a more balanced usage of formal and informal professional collaboration would be foundational in building an effective learning environment for students and teachers alike. The Teaching-Family Model is a tool that provides a prescribed dialogue for individuals and groups to use throughout different situations. It’s most basic application is used within home environments, though it has the ability to be transferred to all institutions. There are several social skills that contribute to effective communication skills.