Course Description: Students will learn how to establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with families, how to apply family system theories, and how to communicate effectively not only with parents but also with other professionals and agencies that support children’s development. Students will learn how to provide families with information regarding a range of family-oriented services that are designed to help families’ identified needs. Students will learn to affirm and respect the diversity of individual families.
Schedule: Spring semester. This course follows the traditional on-campus calendar for beginning and ending dates.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to the campus at any time.
Prerequisite Courses: None.
Instructor: Christy Jackson
Contact Information: Faculty Directory
Other Materials: None.
Course Objectives: It is expected that students will be able to:
Establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with families.
Acknowledge that parents are the child's first teacher.
Affirm and respect parent choices and goals for their children and learn how to communicate effectively with parents about the schools' goals and their children's progress.
Involve families in assessing and planning for individual children, including children with disabilities, developmental delays, or special needs.
Involve parents in making decisions related to their child's development and will learn how to involve children's families in their educational experiences.
Accept differences in families and in their social and cultural backgrounds.
Apply family system theories, and knowledge of the dynamics of roles and relationships within families and communities.
Provide families with information regarding a range of family-oriented services that are designed to help families' identified needs.
Practice and learn to communicate effectively with other professionals and agencies that support children's development, learning and well-being.
Learn to conduct effective parent teacher conferences and communicate well with parents.
Learn to involve the community in the program.
Assignments are expected to be on time, free of errors, and of college quality.
Students will participate and remain active throughout the course.
Students must log in to course at least three times a week.
Written assignments must be written free of errors and at the college level.
Exams - Policies & Procedures:Students must successfully complete graded assessments of learning, and submit a final project that displays a mastery of learning environments through the creation of an e-binder.
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