ENCOURAGING FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: THROUGH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION & HOME-TO-SCHOOL CONNECTIONS – VCSU COURSE

(2 Graduate Semester Credits) 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 DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $269
  • This price includes a $129 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 2 Semester Credits
  • 24 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Class Management/ Behavior
  • Leadership Development
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • 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

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

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

This was a super helpful course! I loved all of the templates and feel like I am ready to put a parent engagement plan into action with such little effort. Thanks for putting this all together for us!

-First-Year Teacher

  2 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 2 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under Valley City State University’s (VCSU) EDUC 2000 numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 2 Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with VCSU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 2 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from VCSU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED · OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED · INCLUDES A LETTER GRADE

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All VCSU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

For More Information About Your Specific State Requirements, Please Select Your State Below:

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

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
  • That 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
Professional Development Course Resources

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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Register for the Course

$269
  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 2 Graduate-Level Semester Credits once complete
  • Once your course is complete you may then request your graduate credit(s) and official transcript

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