Parents play an integral role in their child’s education, and one of the biggest challenges — and opportunities — for teachers is reaching and building positive relationships with all parents. These relationships are especially important for implementing 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, including confusion about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and shifting assessment requirements in New York; parents 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 academic 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 and engaging and supporting parents to understand CCSS-aligned activities and PARCC practice assessments, empowering students as school-to-home liaisons, using technology to maintain regular contact with parents, and working with students and parents to combat bullying and create strong home-to-school connections. Finally, the course prepares participants to successfully reach parents from varied cultural backgrounds as well as those of special needs students, gifted and talented students, and English Language Learners, all of whom may need extra support in the classroom.