The 21st century holds a new outlook on how and why we should be making parental contact an important part of our everyday jobs as educators. Many of the original gospels that dealt with this topic were written in a world that has evolved. Families have changed as well as the demographics of our populations. Teachers must be educated about the families that exist in society today and the ramifications of how that translates to parental contact and communication.
This course will offer ways teachers and parents may communicate using the latest technology and social media sites. The latest articles that debate how and when parents should be involved will be shared and reflected upon.
Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants 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 Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development 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.