Professional Development

Family Engagement

Two Upcoming Family Engagement Trainings in October

Effective Communication

When I ask teachers what they wish parents would do more of? One of the first responses is communicate better, as well as to understand what's going on in the classroom and help at home.


When I ask parents what they wish teachers would do more of, one of their first responses is, guess what? Communicate more! Parents want to know what their child is learning, how they are doing and how they can help at home.


What often happens is teachers wait for parents to ask, just as parents are waiting for teachers to share this information and what occurs is nothing is communicated!


Communication is an integral component in developing effective school-family partnerships.

We express that we know this, but yet do not take the time to work on increasing positive skills in this area.


Do you want to learn skills to positively increase parent communication?

Do you need a refresher on some positive skills?

Do you want tips on dealing with difficult parents?

Do you want to learn some tips and tools that will help open up better communication?


If you answered YES to just one of these, please plan to attend Effective Communication: Partnering with Parents on October 9th!

Effective Communication: Partnering with Parents

Communicating with parents is one of the most challenging and potentially stressful tasks that teachers and administrators face on a daily basis. Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. Whether trying to resolve an argument caused by miscommunication or sharing difficult information, this session will provide tips and tools to help you know how to handle tough situations and foster positive relationships with your students' parents.


Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m.

Session ID#: 50808

Fee: $50


Register HERE!

Dr. Karen Mapp

During the summer of 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a 4 day Family Engagement Institute led by Dr. Karen Mapp held at Harvard University.


Wow! It was amazing! Even after a year, I am still processing all that I learned. I am embedding my new learning in so many different areas of my family engagement work.


The session, Foundations of Family Engagement, is going to center around some of my Harvard learning and the U.S. Department of Education's Building Capacity Framework for School-Family Partnerships which Mapp was a co-contributor for.


If you are wanting to understand what is needed to build a family engagement program that is sustainable and effective, join me during this session.

Foundations of Family Engagement

Family Engagement is any way that a child's adult caretaker (biological parents, foster parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) at home, at school and in the community, effectively support learning and healthy development.


The Foundations of Family Engagement training will focus on 5 process conditions to develop an effective Family Engagement program.


Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Session ID#: 50801

Fee: $25


Register HERE!

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to register for the TEA Building Capacity Training on September 25th! Click on the SMORE below for all the details!

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