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Fifty years of research continues to indicate the enormous effect that parental engagement with schools (in general) and in their child’s education (in particular), is an essential component of any quality educational process that greatly affects student outcomes in school and in life. Educators must be prepared to engage parents effectively, regardless of the topic, to remove all barriers to learning. This courses focuses on collaborating and communicating with parents to gain parental support. Participants learn research- and evidence-based communication skills, methodologies, and techniques to create effective 7-Step Plans based on the underlying principles of Safety, Order and Rights. Participants will learn about topics that matter the most to parents and the issues that most affect student outcomes, which are the likely reasons for engaging with parents. “Hot button” topics and how to have “crucial conversations” are covered. Participants will learn how to successfully set goals for all communications and will measure the outcomes of parental communications against subsequent student outcomes. Participants will learn how to keep communications respectful and goal-oriented, including how to overcome resistance and, if necessary, respectfully terminate communications that are not productive in that moment.
After taking this course, participants will:
- Understand why all communication with parents and community is important and vital to the process of removing barriers to learning for individual students.
- Know and use research- and evidence-based strategies and plans to have successful conferences, meetings and interactions with families.
- Learn about the Safety, Order and Rights value set and how these form a lens through which all parent and community interactions can be viewed and articulated to students and their families.
- Know how to use the Seven C’s of effective communication 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.
- Know how to use a 4-part communication plan (i.e., C.A.R.D.) that will guide in communication with parents regardless of topic or context.
- Know the barriers that most matter to families and how to successfully plan for the communications around them.
- Know how to successfully set goals for all communications and methods for assessing success in meeting those goals against student outcomes.
- Know where to find, evaluate and provide valuable resources to families about issues that may be a barrier to their child’s learning and outcomes.
- Know more about barriers to learning that likely impact a large percentage of students: language barriers, bullying and cyber-bullying, mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences and discriminatory harassment and how to have the “crucial conversations” about these issues.
- Effectively prepare for successful engagements and conferences with families—Parents as Allies.
- How to planning for effective engagement with parents when the barrier involves student behavior
- Know how to use the 7-Step Plan for effective engagements.
- Know 4 techniques to overcome resistance
- Know how to respectfully terminate communications that are unsuccessful.
- Commit to follow up with Families
- Measure and track their students’ outcomes against the goals of the conference.