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Engaging Parents to Increase Student Achievement

4 Quarter Credits , K-12 , 21st Century Skills , ELLs , Instructional Strategies

  • 40 Hrs.
  • Course Only

Regular price

To register for this course for Quarter Credits, Please click HERE.

Course Description

There is widespread recognition that increasing family engagement within schools and 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 participants how to engage families in meaningful ways regardless of circumstance or parent population, 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 covers such topics as building strong relationships, establishing trust, employing effective communication systems, and planning and executing conferences effectively. Additionally, the course covers more sensitive topics such as engaging parents whose child has experienced trauma, is involved in bullying or harassment, has a disability, or is an English language learner. Participants 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 participants 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 course, which will culminate in the writing of a an action plan for implementing these important components.

Objectives

  • Contrast parent involvement and family engagement, and recognize the positive effect that family engagement has on student outcomes.
  • Explain how to build trusting and productive parent-teacher relationships using effective communication techniques and culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Summarize the 7-Step Conferencing Plan and other structures for effective parent-teacher conferencing.
  • Define “Crucial Conversation” and describe strategies for how to refocus such conversations on student achievement and success.
  • Describe how to navigate parent relationships when the child has a learning need or has experienced trauma, bullying, harassment, or an infringement on their civil rights.

 

Register:

  • Please register for your course by clicking on the appropriate SPU link found in each course description tab.
  • Once you have registered and paid, SPU will email you a prepaid enrollment code to use on the CE Credits Online site to enroll.

Enroll:

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  • Click “Complete Order”.
  • If you are a new user, you will receive an automated email from Schoology with your initial eClassroom Sign In information.
  • You have 180 days from your enrollment date to complete your course.
  • If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or email support@cecreditsonline.org.

Upon Course Completion:

Graduate-Level Professional Development Credits

  • Upon successful completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for your records.
  • CE Credits Online will forward all the required documentation to Seattle Pacific University.
  • The University will process your course completion and provide a transcript that includes the name of the course, course number, number of credits, and your grade.
  • Please allow 1 week to process your transcript. You will receive directions on how to order your transcript in email form, and you can also review the University Partners section of our website for more information. You may order your transcript at http://spu.edu/alumni/resources/order-transcripts.
  • You must check with your district to ensure the credits received will meet your specific requirements. We will not be held responsible if your school, district or state does not accept the credits issued.