Building Quality Parent-Teacher Partnerships

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Course Details

Teacher Trainer Eszter Salamon
Course Type Self-Paced
Availability Available now
Course category Classroom management
Duration 5 hours
Certificate Europass Course Certificate

Course description

Parents and caregivers have an important impact on the work of teachers, but most importantly on the learning of their children. The year of school closures has put a greater emphasis on teacher-parent collaboration. Parents started better understanding and appreciating the work of teachers, and teachers have begun to recognize even more the benefits of developing relationships with their students’ parents or caregivers.

This course helps teachers identify successful strategies and methods for maintaining an active collaboration with parents. As a participant, you will start to better understand your own attitudes towards parents as partners and identify elements that can grow your collaboration. You will also dive into some literature showing the benefits of engaging with parents, and we will also bust some myths about “hard-to-reach” parents by offering you the methodology to engage with all of them. Finally, you will find some ideas about helping learning at home that can in turn support the learning of children at school.

During this course, you will participate in self-reflection activities for individual work and/or working with peers or parents. You will have acquired novel practical ideas and you will be able to refer to many background readings to improve your relationships with your students’ parents. You will begin to consider parents as helpful allies in promoting the wellbeing and effective learning of your students.

Course structure

Topic 1: The role of parents in the learning of their children

The course will start off with highlighting the role of parents in the lives of their children, with a special focus on school-aged children and the educator role of parents. You will be invited to think about learning happening at home and supporting that as part of your professional responsibility.

Topic 2: Why partner with parents?

In this section, you will learn more about research on the impact of parents on the academic performance of their children. You will have the opportunity to explore cases of partnership and non-partnership.

Topic 3: Attitudes towards parents

This section of the course will mostly offer you an opportunity for self-reflection, and to start exploring your relationships with those parents with whom you currently work. You will be supported in finding any internal or external obstacles of partnership and will be offered a methodology to overcome them.

Topic 4: From non-participation to engagement

This section will be mostly based on theory and research and will introduce you to the notions and benefits of parental involvement and parental engagement. At the end of the section, you will be offered a tool to design your own partnership with parents scheme.

Topic 5: Dealing with “hard-to-reach” parents

All practitioners know that some parents are more difficult to engage with than others. In the last section of the course, you will be offered theory and methodology on such parents. Our aim is to help you to find ways to engage with all parents.