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  • Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement

  • 3 P Credits, K-12, 21st Century Skills, ELLs, Instructional Strategies

Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement
Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement

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.

  • Contrast parent involvement and family engagement, and recognize the positive effect that family engagement has on student outcomes such as school attendance, engagement, and achievement.
  • Investigate The Safety, Order, and Rights Value Set for respectful and safe school environments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different strategies to build trusting and productive parent-teacher relationships using effective communication techniques such as the RASA active listening protocol and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Analyze the 7-Step Conferencing Plan and other structures for effective parent-teacher conferencing and apply to practice.
  • Develop plan to utilize the 7 -Steps including setting goals, communicating effectively, and following up on the goals.
  • Define “Crucial Conversation” as important and emotional topics, and describe strategies for how to refocus such conversations on student achievement and success.
  • Understand how the diverse needs of New York City families requires educators to employ a variety of intentional strategies to connect with all students and families
  • Identify barriers to effective parent engagement such as home language, negative experiences schools and conflicting work schedules.
  • Generate ideas and evaluate ways to navigate parent relationships when the child has a learning need or has experienced trauma, bullying, harassment, or an infringement on their civil rights.
  • Define true engagement and contrast to contact or participation
  • Create strategies for deep and meaningful family engagement
  • Build a toolbox of organizers and protocols, such as contact and data logs, communication strategies, and SMART goals to structure parent contacts and conferences.


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.

  • Add the P Credit course(s) to your Cart.
  • When you are ready to check out, go to your cart. You will be asked to log-in to your account or create a new account.
  • Follow the enrollment and payment prompts. If you have a coupon/discount, you will be asked to enter it during the enrollment process.
  • Upon purchase, you will receive an email receipt and be able to login to your eClassroom at CE Credits Online 
  • Important: You must register for each CE Credits Online course on the NYC DOE ASPDP website. Our courses are in the ASPDP catalog using the provider drop-down menu and selecting CE Credits Online. At that time you will pay the NYC DOE ASPDP fee of $125 for a 3 P Credit course $45 for a 1 P Credit course when you register.
  • Please Read: ASPDP FAQs for more information. Courses must be complete by the end of each semester to receive credit. You can contact us at with any questions.


“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): 

  • Fully appointed teacher hired on or after September 1, 2019 must obtain a minimum of 18 A+ credits in order to earn their salary differential unless they have already attained an additional Doctorate, or an additional Master’s in an approved related area as determined by the Joint Accreditation Committee (JAC). 
  • Fully appointed teacher hired on or after September 1, 2017 but before September 1, 2019 must obtain a minimum of 6 A+ credits towards their differential unless they already earned their salary differential before September 1, 2019. 
  • Fully appointed teachers hired before September 1, 2017 are not required to use A+ credits to obtain their salary differential. If they choose to submit A+ credits towards their salary differential, they must obtain a minimum of 6 A+ credits. 

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

Sale! $139 Reg. $149

3 P or A+ Credits