Parents play an integral role in their child’s education, and one of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – for LAUSD teachers is reaching and building positive relationships with all parents. These relationships are especially important regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are the largest educational shift in the past decade and impact every aspect of a student’s school experience. This course helps participants learn the skills for establishing positive rapport and communicating successfully with parents, as well as addressing parental barriers to engagement. These barriers include parents with negative attitudes toward the CCSS, those who are overworked or have limited time, those with special needs children, and those with limited English language proficiency.
After finishing the course, participants will be equipped with a comprehensive set of tools for engaging and empowering all students’ parents to become active partners in their child’s school success and in the implementation of the CCSS. Participants will gain practical strategies and concrete, actionable tools to foster parental involvement, including planning Parent Information Nights, using technology to maintain regular contact with parents, and working with parents to combat bullying and create a strong home-to-school connection. Finally, the course prepares participants to successfully reach parents from varied cultural backgrounds as well as those of special needs, gifted and talented, and English language learner students that may need extra support in the classroom.