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Conducting the Parent Conference

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Conducting the Parent Conference

Western Oregon University

  • Tuition: $125.00
  • Tuition: $115.00
  • (You Save: $10.00)
  • Hours: 15.00
  • University Credits: 1.00
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Western Oregon University (WOU): WOU offers post baccalaureate, 600 graduate level credits based on the quarter system. The tuition cost is $50 per credit, plus a $10 processing fee, payable to CE Credits Online.

  • Step 1:Select your course(s) from the catalog tab above and enroll following the onscreen instructions.
  • Step 2: To request Western Oregon University (WOU) Credits:
    Western Oregon University Registration Form

    If you want WOU credit for the CE Credits Online course, you are required to submit a registration form for the course within 2 weeks of starting the class. Located on your “Student Homepage” (after you enroll) you will find a Request University Credit section under Obtaining Credits. You will select Western Oregon University and follow the instructions for requesting and paying for your WOU credits.

    To ensure that you receive credit for a specific quarter, your request, registration form and payment need to be received 20 days before the end of that quarter or the first of the month, whichever one is earlier. For example if the quarter ends on June 10th we would need to receive your request, registration form and payment by May 22nd.
  • Step 3: Once the credit fee has been paid, your completion paperwork and WOU registration will be submitted to WOU 18 days prior to the quarter ending. Allow three weeks after the end of the quarter before requesting an official or unofficial transcript.
Quarter Ending date
Fall 2012 12/13/2013
Winter 2014 03/21/2014
Spring 2014 06/17/2014
Summer 2014 08/15/2014

You can find directions for requesting an official transcript on the Western Oregon University Registrar page.

Western Oregon DEP contact information
Division of Extended Programs
Western Oregon University
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Monmouth, OR 97361
Phone: 1-800-451-5767
Fax: 503-838-8473
Email: extend@wou.edu

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Course Description

Course Description:

This course provides teachers and administrators with persuasive and effective strategies for conferencing with parents, including uncooperative or difficult parents. This 7-step interview using the 7-Cs of communication will move parents toward becoming committed participants in the goal of solving their child’s academic and behavioral challenges. Teachers and administrators will learn how the Safety, Order and Rights value set provides a firm and logical foundation for setting goals and finding solutions.

Course Objectives:

  • To investigate a technique designed to improve teacher/parent interaction.
  • To perform the skill and develop mastery of the technique.
  • To adopt Safety, Order, and Rights™, and utilize it as a fundamental tool for teacher/parent interaction.
Syllabus
  • Course:
    The Constructive Discipline Series
  • Prerequisites:
    None

Course Description:

This course provides teachers and administrators with a persuasive and effective strategy for conferencing with uncooperative or difficult parents. This 7-step interview will move parents from being part of the problem to being committed participants in the solution.

Course Objectives:

  • To investigate a technique designed to improve teacher/parent interaction.
  • To perform the skill and develop mastery of the technique.
  • To adopt Safety, Order, and Rights™, and utilize it as a fundamental tool for teacher/parent interaction.

Student Expectations:

Students will be required to:

  • Rehearse the skills and report on the results.
  • Complete written self-reflection exercises.
  • Collaborate with peers using the on-line forum.

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:

  • Lesson 1
    • 1.a Conducting the Parent Conference Introduction
    • 1.b Parents as Allies
    • 1.c The Constructive Discipline Approach
    • 1.d The Safety, Order, And Rights® Value Set
    • 1.e Overview of the 7 Steps
  • Lesson 2
    • 2.a Planning the Interview
    • 2.b Planning What You Need to Say
    • 2.c The Disruptive Student
    • 2.d Discipline Log for Disruptive Students
    • 2.e The Disruptive Student
    • 2.f The Behavioral Contract
    • 2.g Review
    • 2.h Plan How To Say It
    • 2.i Guiding the Interview
  • Lesson 3
    • 3.a Step One: Establish the Goal
    • 3.b Plan How To Say It
    • 3.c Step Two: State the Behavior Problem
    • 3.d Step Three: Support Your Position
    • 3.e Step Four: Communicate Your Commitment
    • 3.f Step Five: Solicit a Commitment
    • 3.g Step Six: Develop or Propose and Effective Plan
    • 3.h Student Behavior Contract
    • 3.i Step Seven: Plan a Follow-Up
    • 3.j Follow-up Plan Notes
    • 3.k Review of the 7-Step Plan
  • Lesson 4
    • 4.a Overcoming Resistance
    • 4.b Overcoming Resistance: Emphasizing the Goal
    • 4.c Overcoming Resistance: Resistance With Empathy
    • 4.d Overcoming Resistance: Paradox
    • 4.e Overcoming Resistance: Expand the Problem
  • Lesson 5
    • 5.a Putting an End to an Unproductive Interview
  • Lesson 6
    • 6.a Creating a Worksheet for the Parent Conference
    • 6.b The Worksheet
    • 6.c Your Final Thoughts
  • Post Survey
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

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CE Credits Online has been providing continuing education credits to K-12 educators since 2002. Our courses are offered nationwide, serving the professional learning needs of thousands of K-12 educators. Our courses are:

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Our courses cover a variety of instructional areas and meet the needs of many educator groups, including;

  • Reading / Language Arts
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  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
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Reviews
  • The ideas I found to be most valuable in this course were the use of the paradox technique and to not use the words “I understand” during the empathy step.  The only way I have ever used the paradox technique before was when a parent didn’t agree with a report card grade. I teach elementary school, so many grades are subjective. After stating my rationale for the grade I gave, I couldn’t get the parent to agree, so I simply grabbed a bottle of White-Out and asked them what grade they wanted to see there. It worked for me just the way it did for the teachers in the video. I had never considered it a technique or thought about the possibility of it working under different circumstances.  I have often used the terms “I understand” or “I can only imagine how you must feel” when discussing negative issues with people. In the future I will focus on what they’re feeling and not what I think about it.

      I believe the Safety, Order and Rights value set is helpful in my classroom. I began implementing this value set after I took the first course in this series. The value set is something everyone can agree on that gives a great structure for a successful learning environment.

    What a participant from Alaska said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • The Seven Steps were all very valuable and this is a good approach to handling a parent conference. The 7 Steps were very strategic and well thought out and if they are followed in order each time it will give a teacher or administrator the confidence needed to achieve their goal. I think the most valuable step was 7 because there are times you are faced with confrontations that it seems you want to defend yourself and just be done. To take it a step farther and suggest what could happen due to the parents resistance helps them visualize the negative or unfortunate consequences that could occur. I think the Safety, Order, and Rights Value Set is very helpful and should be practiced in all schools. Not only does it emphasize the positive outcome if followed it also gives us a defense when we try to explain to parents about the behavioral problems from their child. Parents need to have examples and the bigger picture because not all problems just effect their child.

    What a participant from Arizona said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • The most valuable part of this course was the lesson regarding defensive parents. The suggestions relating to paradox and empathy provided excellent tools to diffuse emotionally charged situations. I also valued the approach to re-emphasize the goals related to the Safety, Order and Rights value set. I think it would be effective to use statements such as, "Which of the values would you like us to put on hold for Johnny in dealing with this situation." This is a powerful reminder to parents that the goal of the school is not to "pick" on their son, but to afford all students safety, order and rights within the educational environment. I also appreciated the technique to possibly end an interview without becoming emotional. I tend to personalize any situations where conflicts arise. In this course, I learned ways to keep a rational mindset to keep the meeting on track without defaulting to irrational emotion that does not provide solutions to the problems.

    What a participant from Arizona said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • I really enjoyed many ideas presented in this course, and the videos were very helpful. I especially like the segment of how to deal with difficult parents. Unfortunately, I deal with them often, so I enjoyed learning about the strategies to put a stop to it. I will definitely incorporate the Safety, Order and Rights value set into my next conference. I think it is a clear, concise way to start the conference and to set guidelines and expectations!

    What a participant from California said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • This is my first time using CE Credits online and I was very impressed. The material was very informative and helpful and easy to navigate through. I will definitely take another course!!                                

    What a participant from California said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • Before this course I had not read, watched, or studied any material on Parent Conferences. I have just learned from experience and didn’t feel like I was getting everything out of it that I could. After going through this course there were many ideas and processes that I will use seen and into the future. I really connected with the “The Seven C’s” for effective communication. I really liked this checklist because they pertain to more than just parent conferences and I could use these in everyday communication with students and colleagues. I know I will be using the “The seven-step plan for Conducting the Parent Conference” in the very near future. I tend to get nervous during some parent conferences and having a planned out list to follow would help me stay focused and keep a clear path to the end. I do believe that the “Safety, Order and Rights” value set would be something beneficial to have posted on our campus. We already have a staff that is dedicated to safety, order, and rights but having this as a campus wide focus and continuous goal.

    What a participant from California said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • I am committed to the Safety, Order and Rights value set. It sums up what our commitments and priorities are to our children. The 7 step process was extremely helpful, and the outlined worksheet will help me get organized, stay focused and set a tone of confidence. The strategies taught will help me stay focused on the issue and possible solutions. It is respectful for all parties involved and gives a much better opportunity for building strong, positive relationships with our families. When children know we are united and consistent, they will have a better chance of begin successful.

    What a participant from California said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • I think the ideas about how to approach resistance were the most helpful. These are often places I get stuck and don't know of my options. With some practice, I think I will be able to use emphasizing the goal, using paradox, and expanding the problem. I feel as though I use empathy quite a bit but did not realize it was helpful for dealing with resistance. I also found the worksheet a helpful tool. I think this will help me plan out some ideas to help the conversation stay on track and be efficient. Often, conferences can be about storytelling and I think this step by step process will help me be more aware of the steps I need to take to be productive. I think the Safety, Order and Rights value set is going to be helpful. Mainly because it encompasses a wide range of values that we all hold for students. It is broad which I think is great because it provides the foundation for all of our rules/policies. Therefore it is easy to reference when speaking with parents. I believe it will be helpful and I look forward to trying it out to see how easy it will be.

    What a participant from Colorado said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • I think that the most useful Ideas of this course was the step by step interview plan. I think that the template will help me stay on track when conducting a tough conference with parents and allow the conversation to stay on track. I find that it is easy for me to get emotional during tough conferences and the template will create a focus for the conference. I think that I will have more confidence prior to the conference because I actually have taken the time to plan out our conversation. I also think the section about overcoming resistance was very useful. I think that all four techniques will benefit the conference depending on the problem being discussed. Lastly, the three commitments, safety, order and rights would be useful in our school community. If all of the staff discussed these values during conference then parents will become use to the terminology over the the years. This type of value system would be a wonderful addition to our district.

    What a participant from Colorado said about Conducting the Parent Conference
  • The videos were extremely helpful. These are skills no one teaches teachers how to deal with before they happen. I wish this course would have been offered before I started teaching. One of the most trying situations in teaching is to get the parent on the same page as the school and I are on. I frequently get a feeling of fear when dealing with parents because nobody ever really taught me what to say to them. The value set of safety, order and rights gives me a place to start and then direct the conversation. So you want me to put the commitment of safety on hold for your student? I think this question could have helped me in the past. I tend to become defensive and don't really know how to continue once a parent says something nasty or places the blame on me personally. I think that helping to disarm and turn the questions back on the parent to find out what they really want is brilliant. I'm not so sure they think that far ahead when they are upset about their greatest assets. It would be helpful to have the parent state the goal because I don't think they always know; they are simply frustrated. I think that these questions and samples fit me more than the ones I learned in other classes. I am grateful for the verbal examples given because I can go 'down that rabbit hole' pretty easily. I have never before been told that I can just continue with the next question.

    What a participant from Colorado said about Conducting the Parent Conference