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Encouraging Family Engagement:

Through Effective Communication & Home-to-School Connections

Course Number:


PD Hours:

12 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Social-Emotional Learning, Class Management/ Behavior, Leadership Development, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(12 Hours) This course will cover the values (both social-emotional and academic) of building strong home-to-school connections. Participants will learn strategies for building connections and keeping parents engaged, with a focus on clear, frequent, and positive communication. The course will also discuss how to address many of the challenges teachers may face from seemingly disengaged families.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the value of building strong home-to-school connections

  • Learn strategies to keep families engaged in their child’s education

  • Learn strategies for open, effective, and positive communication with families

  • Learn how to address the challenges you may face from seemingly disengaged families

Resources Included

Course includes 24 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

Family engagement is the process of making purposeful home-to-school connections so that family members play an active role in their child’s education. In this course, you will learn the value of building strong home-to-school connections. You will also learn numerous strategies to keep families engaged in their child’s education and strategies to encourage open, effective, and positive communication with families. Finally, you will learn how to address the challenges you may face from seemingly disengaged families. In addition to the presentations included with this course, you will also be provided with dozens of resources, templates, and ready-to-use parent communication tools to help you establish better engagement with your students’ families.

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

What can I do as a teacher or administrator to build connections with and encourage regular and purposeful engagement from my students’ families?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – The Importance of Family Engagement?

  • The definitions of family engagement and communication
  • About the positive relationship between student achievement and family engagement
  • Several different strategies you can implement to encourage family engagement

Section 2 – Clear Communication

  • Strategies for maintaining clear lines of communication
  • How to phrase both positive and constructive feedback about a student’s behavioral and academic progress
  • That communication is two-way and that families are a valuable source of information

Section 3 – Family Education

  • About the value of family education
  • How family education can cover child/teen development, safety issues, and targeted education about a child’s learning process and progress
  • Strategies to teach families how they can be an active partner in their child’s education at home

Section 4 – Special Events

  • Several ideas for fun events that can be easily planned to encourage family engagement
  • Several ideas for volunteer opportunities that will allow families to share their special gifts with the students

Section 5 – School Governance

  • The importance of involving families in issues of school governance, decision-making, and policy change
  • Specific strategies to implement to encourage that type of involvement

Section 6 – Overcoming Barriers

  • About potential barriers to parent engagement such as cultural differences, language barriers, and economic status that may impact a family’s level of engagement
  • Ways to address those issues so they do not impede genuine family engagement


Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 24 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Teacher Reflection on Family Engagement
  • Teacher Reflection on Family Engagement-SAMPLE
  • Family Communication Log
  • Beginning of Year Family Inventory
  • Family Communication Guide
  • Family Communication Action Plan
  • Family Communication Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • Family Education Strategy Guide
  • Family Education Action Plan
  • Family Education Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • Invitation Collection
  • Parent Volunteer Request Letter
  • Special Events and Volunteering Action Plan
  • Special Events and Volunteering Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • School Level Family Engagement Action Plan
  • School Level Family Engagement Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • Eliminating Barriers Strategy Guide
  • Eliminating Barriers Action Plan
  • Eliminating Barriers Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • Family Engagement Action Plan
  • Family Engagement Action Plan-SAMPLE
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Implementation Observation Checklist-SAMPLE

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