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

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 Kaitlin Albers
Reviewed 1 year ago
The instructor was very quick with grading and feedback.

By Chelsea Reuhl
Reviewed 1 year ago
Steve Novak is an incredible instructor who always provides great feedback and includes engaging and relative content.

By Stefanie O'Neill
Reviewed 1 year ago
The course instructor was timely and appropriate with feedback. I always received a new idea whenever Steve would give me feedback on an assignment.

By Amy Haugh
Reviewed 1 year ago
Lori is always very prepared for class and knowledgeable in the subject area

By Lori Fischer
Reviewed 11 months ago
Shelly is very positive and encouraging with the feedback that she gives.

By Kathryn Sauer
Reviewed 10 months ago
I am happy that I can take what I learned right into the classroom this year!

By Laurie Friedman
Reviewed 10 months ago
Steve is great! I actually took this course as self paced, but Steve's communication was great as usual.

By Tracy Novak
Reviewed 10 months ago
Mary Wolfe continues to be a phenomenal instructor. She is awesome!

By Jerry Styrsky
Reviewed 10 months ago
One of the best instructors that I have ever had.

By Adriane Robinson
Reviewed 1 year 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!

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07/25/22 - 08/21/22 Online
Jul 25 – Aug 21, 2022

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