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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

PURPOSE Parents (with other family members) and teachers contribute the most to a child’s healthy development into a productive adult. Effective two-way communication between family members and teachers is paramount to student success. It is essential for early care and education, afterschool organizations and schools to institute purposeful and effective communication practices that include sharing and exchanging information. This workshop will focus on the importance of the parent-teacher relationship and the multiple communication strategies, including the use of data, that enhance that relationship.


OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe and use two to three communication methods that embody mutual respect and enhance two-way dialogue.
  • Use the 4 Versions of Partnerships Schools (Henderson, Mapp, et al) or National Standards (PTA) rubrics to guide their own work to engage families and communicate effectively.
  • Develop a communication plan that emphasizes an intentional process to increase parent’s understanding of ways to effectively guide student learning and success in school.



TARGET AUDIENCE This workshop is designed for pre-service and in-service Pre–K-12 educators and administrators, community organization staff and family member audiences.




REQUIRED MATERIALS Appropriate handout materials will be provided. Participants are expected to bring appropriate writing instruments.


FACILITIES Appropriate classroom or lecture seating along with a podium, wireless lavaliere microphone (for large room or over 35 participants), screen, internet connection, electrical outlets, and a table set up in the front of the room, are required for the effective delivery of this training.


REGISTRATION Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT This workshop is eligible for two (2) hours of Act 48 Continuing Education Credit through the Center for Schools and Communities/CSIU. The instructor will distribute the appropriate form to interested participants during this workshop.