There is widespread recognition that increasing family engagement within schools and parent engagement in their child’s education benefits student achievement enormously, in addition to improving teacher morale and school-home communications. This course is designed to teach NYC DOE ASPDP teachers how to engage families in meaningful ways regardless of circumstance or parent population. This course is crucial for connecting with New York City’s diverse families, and is founded on the mindset that all parents ultimately want to partner with teachers in supporting their child’s education and overall success. The course supports the efforts of NYC DOE’s Division of Family and Community Engagement by building abilities to engage families throughout the city.
The course covers such topics as building strong relationships, establishing trust, employing effective communication systems, and planning and executing conferences effectively. Additionally, the course delves into issues that are key for working with all of New York's families, including strategies to engage parents whose child has experienced trauma, is involved in bullying or harassment, has a disability, or is an English language learner. New York City teachers will learn how to have difficult or “crucial” conversations in order to appropriately address scenarios in which emotions are strong, opinions vary, and stakes are high. The Safety, Order and Rights® value set is presented as one framework for clarifying classroom expectations and school goals, and is generally a framework that everyone can buy into -- including parents.
This course will also walk ASPDP teachers through the steps of creating a plan for cultivating meaningful family engagement in their own practice. Participants will be prompted to compile best practices and key ideas throughout the modules, which will culminate in the synthesis of the Final Project, an action plan for implementing these important components in a comprehensive and intentional manner. The coursework and final plan asks participants to create protocols and goals for data collection, conferencing, and working with New York's widely diverse students. Application of an effective plan will result in increased student achievement, attendance, and satisfaction with their education.Objectives
How to Register and Enroll
To complete enrollment you must register and pay for each course on both the CE Credits Online website and the ASPDP site.
“P” Credit, A+ Credit and CTLE hour Requirements
Courses are available for “P” credits and A+ Credits for NYC Salary Differentials and/or CTLE hours.
Credits Earned: 1 or 3 “P” Credits or A+ Credits and/or 15 or 45 CTLE Hours.
You can take up to 12 Credits per provider each semester.
You must earn your 30 credits above your master’s degree to qualify for a salary differential. Your NYCDOE date of hire determines how many of these credits can be fulfilled by A+ credit, and/or other credits (i.e., P credit, graduate courses taken through a college or university, CLEP tests, and a 2nd Master’s degree):
All ASPDP courses can count toward A+ or P credit. You must register with ASPDP by the registration deadline to earn credit toward your +30. You will not be eligible for credit toward your salary differential if you do not register with ASPDP by the deadline.
Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement