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PEDC 9026  “Getting To Parents Before They Get To You” / Fostering Positive Parent/Teacher Relationships
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Valerie Hanley February 1-28, July 1-30, October 1-30
University of the Pacific

Does the phrase “Open House Night” makes your palms sweat? Do you dread holding parent/teacher meetings? If so, this course will offer you concrete solutions and ideas on how to foster positive, successful relationships with the parents of your students. Countless studies have touted the importance of parental involvement in the classroom yet many teachers are uncertain of how to make parents supportive allies rather than combative adversaries. This course will teach you ways to get the most out of parental involvement all year long in low risk ways. Upon completing this course, you will have countless information and tools at your disposal to help you have a great year with both your students and their parents.


How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

The Common Core Standards are difficult for parents to understand. This course will give you great ideas on how to better communicate with parents on all issues including the CCSS. You will look at ways to make parents more supportive and more engaged in your classroom.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

When parents are involved in the learning process, children perform better in class. This course will help you learn ways to invite parents to take a more active role in their child’s education. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom.

Foreign Language and LOTE Teachers

Learning a foreign language can be tough for students…and parents. This course will help you find ways to explain what you do in class to parents so they can be more supportive. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom.

Mathematics Teachers

Many parents struggle with math concepts just as much as their children do. This course will help you learn new and creative ways to explain what you are teaching to parents. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom.

Science Teachers

Many parents struggle with science concepts just as much as their children do. This course will help you learn new and creative ways to explain what you are teaching to parents. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom.

Social Studies Teachers

This course will give you great ideas for communicating with parents. Better parental support results in better learning outcomes for students. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom.

The Arts Teachers: Music, Art and Physical Education

Need to find ways to explain your subject area with parents? This course will help you. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom in meaningful ways.

Special Education Teachers

It can be difficult to establish a good working relationship with parents if you don’t have good communication. This course will help you make parents supportive of what you do in class. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom in meaningful ways.

Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists

It can be difficult to establish a good working relationship with parents if you don’t have good communication. This course will help you make parents supportive of what you do in class. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom in meaningful ways.

Elementary Education Teachers

Studies have proven that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the child does in school. This course will show you great ways to get parents involved in meaningful and fun ways.

Secondary Education Teachers

Studies have proven that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the child does in school. This course will show you great ways to get parents involved in meaningful and fun ways.

Media and Technology Specialists

It can be difficult to establish a good working relationship with parents if you don’t have good communication. This course will help you make parents supportive of what you do in class. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom in meaningful ways.

Career and Vocational Specialists

Need to find ways to explain your subject area with parents? This course will help you. Upon completion of the course, you will have a wide variety of ideas for getting parents involved in your classroom in meaningful ways.