Connecting with parents is more important today than ever. Teachers must be educated about American families within society so that they can better reach their students' parents. Participants in this class 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 including social media.
Available for graduate credit through Carlow University, Madonna University, Notre Dame College, and The College of Saint Rose.
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.
Face-to-face 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 tab for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. Most courses require a book but some do not, so check the list for your specific course. If no book is required it will be specified.
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.