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Engaging Parents Effectively To Remove Barriers in Learning
Workshop #: CECO-29

Description:

Please note, this course is a 45-hour/3-credit course and is an expanded version of Conducting the Parent Conference, which is a 15-hour/1-credit course.

There is widespread recognition that increasing parent engagement with schools (in general) and in their child’s education (in particular) is an essential component of any quality educational process.  Whether a community is a large urban district setting or small rural district, a common point of emphasis is that educators be prepared to engage parents effectively regardless of the topic.

While it seems to be very common sense, creating the conditions for effective engagement of parents and community is also more challenging to implement than we want to admit. There are a number of reasons for this, but regardless of those reasons it doesn’t change the fact that we cannot set parent and community engagement aside for “more important things.” In almost every area of education, effective parent engagement increases the likelihood of success for the community, for families, for educators – and most importantly –for students.

This course exists for the sole purpose of providing a way to help by providing educators professional learning opportunities to build their own expertise in effective engagement of parents to remove barriers to learning. Doing this will open up a number of avenues to partner with parents in more meaningful ways. It is doubtful that pre-service training has fully prepared educators for all the wide range of challenges they will face.

Focusing on collaborating, cooperating, communicating and conferencing with parents to promote student success. The teacher as leader and the teacher as manager will learn effective communication and organizational skills for working with parents to solve academic and behavioral challenges to ensure positive student outcomes. Based on the underlying principals inherent in the Value Set of Safety, Order and Rights® and effective teaching strategies, participants will learn to create an effective plan for interacting with parents utilizing proven communication skills. The plan leads to a logical discussion about the problems the child is having in school and moves parents from a defensive position to a position where they become committed participants in the solution.

Participants will learn ways to organize observations and thoughts about a student and confidently and professionally present a well-documented and thoughtful discussion of this sensitive topic. Participants will also learn effective strategies for overcoming resistance from parents and how to gather relevant facts and present them in ways that communicate with authority and impartiality, gaining parental support.

Student Learning Outcome 

Upon completing this course the participant will be able to:

  • know that all their communications with parents and community are important and vital to the    process of removing barriers to learning for individual students.
  • recognize that while research supports effective parent engagement it is not safe to assume that all educators and administrators have received professional development on this topic.
  • implement the Safety, Order and Rights value set and identify ho these form a lens through which all parent and community interactions can be viewed.
  • identify the Seven C’s of effective communication and how educators can utilize this to their advantage when interacting with parents on any topic.
  • locate and learn about federal and state laws as well as district policies that may drive technical aspects of our communication with parents.
  • implement and use effectively a 4-part communication plan (i.e., C.A.R.D.) that will guide in communication with parents regardless of topic or context.
  • identify the nature of a “crucial conversation” and in particular how educators can honor the interest and emotion of parents while keeping the focus on the best interests of their child(ren).
  • know it is a positive development when parents share “concerns” and how to view such interactions as an invitation to partner around what is best for each learner
  • develop methods for turning conversations into opportunities to frame engagement around what may, or may not, create a barrier to student learning.
  • formulate a conferencing plan to be used as a basis for conducting all parental conferences;
  • adopt confidently the 7 C’s of communication and incorporate them into the 7-step conferencing plan,
  • design and accurately keep student discipline and parental contact logs; and
  • design student contracts to be honored by the student, parents, and administrators.
  • recognize the variety of areas we can expect parents to pose questions
  • access and understand the value of directing parents to research topics independently.
  • formulate and use confidently a 7-step conferencing plan to be used as a basis for conducting all parental conferences;
  • demonstrate appropriately its use as a fundamental tool for educators in all parental interactions;
  • use appropriately student contracts to be honored by the student, parents, and administrators.
  • formulate a conferencing plan to be used as a basis for conducting all parental conferences;
  • adopt confidently the 7 C’s of communication and incorporate them into the 7-step conferencing plan;
  • design and accurately keep student discipline and parental contact logs; and
  • design student contracts to be honored by the student, parents, and administrators.
  • formulate and use confidently a 7-step conferencing plan to be used as a basis for conducting all parental conferences;
  • demonstrate appropriately its use as a fundamental tool for educators in all parental interactions;
  • use appropriately student contracts to be honored by the student, parents, and administrators.
  • employ confidently techniques designed to overcome parental resistance
  • create and use confidently a worksheet for the 7-step conferencing plan to be used as a basis for conducting all parental conferences;
  • demonstrate appropriately its use as a fundamental tool for educators in all parental interactions.

Student Expectations:

Students will be required to:

  • Rehearse the skills and report on the results (submit to instructor).
  • Complete written self-reflection exercises (submit to instructor).
  • Complete all quizzes.
  • Collaborate with peers using the on-line forum.
  • Assignments submitted to the on-line instructor (self- reflections, results of skills practicing, creating a plan, evaluating techniques).  The course moderator/mentor will interact with the participant to ensure the participants mastery of the knowledge and skills taught in the course.  The moderator’s assessment assures the participant’s new level of expertise will enable the participant to understand and implement the new skills and strategies immediately into their personal working situation.  The combination of the all the interactive components of the courses and the one-on-one interactions with the moderator/ mentor will determine the participant’s mastery.
  • Complete all aspects of the online course.

Texts, Reading, Instructional Resources:

Totally online- no additional textbooks required.

Participant assignments:

Quizzes (4)

Reflective Journal Exercises (13)

Activity (7)

On-Line Forum Assignments (11)

Videos (23)

Credit:

Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Class Outline:

  • Chapter 1: Understanding the Big Picture of Parent and Community Engagement
    • Course Overview
    • 1.a Building Capacity for Parent Engagement
    • 1.b The Big Picture of Parent Engagement
    • 1.c Engagement Principles
    • 1.d Engagement Policies
    • 1.e Harnessing the Power of Purposeful Engagement
  • Chapter 2: Building Capacity for Crucial Conversations around Learning
    • 2.a
    • 2.b Crucial Conversations
    • 2.c Exploring Barriers to Learning with Parents
    • 2.d Types of Barriers that Matter Most to Parents
    • 2.e Structures to Support Constructive Connections
  • Chapter 3: Providing Parents Valuable Resources While Protecting the Resource of Your Own Time
    • 3.a Accessing and Disseminating Information on Major Topics of Interest to Parents
    • 3.b Discussions on Academic Standards and “High Stakes Testing
    • 3.c English Language Learners
    • 3.d Special Education
    • 3.e Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Discriminatory Harassment
    • 3.f Civil Rights
    • 3.g Mental Health/ACE’s
  • Chapter 4 Creating the Conditions for Collaboration with Parents through Effective Conferencing
    • 4.a Understanding the Importance of Preparing for Effective Engagement with Parents
    • 4.b Preparing for the Parent Conference
    • 4.c Parents as Allies
    • 4.d The Constructive Discipline Approach
    • 4.e The Safety, Order and Rights ® Value Set
    • 4.f. Overview of the 7 Steps
    • Mid-Term Writing Prompt
  • Chapter 5: Planning for Effective Engagement with Parents When the Barrier Involves Student Behavior
    • 5.a Planning the Interview
    • 5.b Plan What You Need to Say
    • 5.c The Disruptive Student
    • 5.d. Discipline Log for Disruptive Students
    • 5.e The Disruptive Student
    • 5.f The Behavioral Contract
    • 5.g. Review
    • 5.h Plan How to Say It
    • 5.i Guiding the Interview
  • Chapter 6 Planning for Effective Engagement to Remove Barriers When a Parent Conference is Needed
    • 6.a Step One: Establish the Goal
    • 6.b Plan How to Say It
    • 6.c Step Two: State the Behavior Problem
    • 6.d Step Three: Support Your Position
    • 6.e Step Four: Communicate Your Commitment
    • 6.f Step Five: Solicit a Commitment
    • 6.g Step Six: Develop or Propose an Effective Plan
    • 6.h Student Behavior Contract
    • 6.i Step Seven: Plan a Follow up
    • 6.j Follow-up Plan Notes
    • 6.k Review of the 7-Step Plan
  • Chapter 7 Structuring Parent Engagement When There is Resistance to Removing Barriers to Learning
    • 7.a Overcoming Resistance to Remove Barriers
    • 7.b Overcoming Resistance: Emphasizing the Goal
    • 7.c Overcoming Resistance: Resistance With Empathy
    • 7.d. Overcoming Resistance: Resistance With Paradox
    • 7.e Overcoming Resistance: Expand the Problem
    • 7.f Putting an End to an Unproductive Interview
  • Chapter 8: Effective Planning for Parent Engagement When Student Behavior is the Central Topic
    • 8.a Creating a Worksheet for the Parent Conference
    • 8.b The Worksheet
    • 8.c Revisiting the Major Themes of the Course
    • 8.d Your Final Thoughts
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

Contact Information: info@CECreditsOnline.org  or 425-788-7275 Ext 104

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Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

 
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