Working with Challenging Parents: How to Connect and Create a Team Approach | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


Working with Challenging Parents: How to Connect and Create a Team Approach - #SPC21018

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the growth of a positive relationship with the most challenging of parents in a variety of school settings. 

Participants will focus on effective parent communication and engagement for K-12 education. Participants will explore methods to improve communication and collaboration that will focus on parent engagement and, in turn, will create a positive learning environment for every student. Emphasis is on exploring and learning ways to connect with parents and families. Participants will synthesize paradigms and leave the course with a better understanding of developing parent communication techniques leading towards sharing responsibility to help children learn and meet their educational goals.

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice to develop positive relationships with parents (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective communication strategies to create positive relationships with all parents in today’s varied types of classrooms (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current communication and instructional practices in order to create engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications that can better keep parents informed of their child’s progress in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To explore research-proven methods of communication and instructional planning that leads to a more proactive relationship between students, parents, and teachers (NBTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. To synthesize best practice in relevant teaching research and classroom communication (NBPTS 2,3,4)


By Tara Drazner
Reviewed 7 months ago
Jill Rockwell is highly recommended and does an excellent job with feedback and guidance. :)

By Nicola Durband
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Taking courses with The Connecting Link is perfect for professionals who want to advance their knowledge and careers. Steve is a pleasure to work with. The materials and resources covered in the courses are engaging, thought provoking, and amazingly helpful in expanding one's toolbox to better serve the community of learners we work with across all grade levels.

By Adriane Robinson
Reviewed 2 years ago
I loved the thorough feedback. It was nice to see what the instructor felt towards our assignments but I also liked reading how my peers felt about my posts. It was great to complete this course in four weeks instead of eight!

By Julie Serrecchia
Reviewed 1 year ago
This class encouraged me to step out of my teacher role and appreciate the parent perspective. I took away some great tips for communicating with parents.

By Gayle White
Reviewed 6 months ago
Instructor is wonderful. She gives feedback and is prompt with grading.

By Mary Marwitz
Reviewed 8 months ago
Steve is very straightforward and respectful of all class attendees. He relates to each persons job position and shares some helpful insight

By Wendy Stacey
Reviewed 1 month ago
I enjoy the format of Steve Novak's classes. He encourages collaboration and sharing of ideas among his students.

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