This course emphasizes the crucial role of establishing strong connections with parents, a key component of effective teaching in contemporary society. Participants will discuss the importance of parental involvement, examine recent literature surrounding parental involvement in education, and discover ways of connecting with parents through new methods. Through this course, teachers will develop valuable insights and practical skills to communicate effectively with parents, fostering stronger relationships that ultimately enhance their students' learning outcomes.
Carlow University ED 646 • Madonna University EDU 5960.38 • Notre Dame College ED 624 P • The College of Saint Rose EDT 679
The required text for this course is Parents and Teachers Working Together by Brett J. Novick. ISBN 978-1475828887.
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session/Module 1: Gaining an Understanding of Family Dynamics
Session/Module 2: Family Diversity: Why We Need to Change What We Do
Session/Module 3: Whose Job is it anyway? Seeking the Perspectives of Both Teachers and Parents
Session/Module 4: The Latest Views on Parental Involvement in Schools
Session/Module 5: Understanding the Dynamics of Winning Communication Strategies
Session/Module 6: Best Practice - Phone calls, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Back to School Nights
Session/Module 7: Dealing with Families who have Children with Disabilities
Session/Module 8: Tough Stuff - Information that Creates an Awareness for Students Living in Poverty or Abusive Homes
Session/Module 9: Models of Family Involvement
Session/Module 10: Parental Rights, Educational Law, and Advocating for Families
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.