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A Valuable Partner: Setting the Stage For Effective Family Engagement

A Valuable Partner: Setting the Stage For Effective Family Engagement
Sean Roy, TransCen, Inc. and John Waterman, Programs to Educate All Cyclists
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As a new—or experienced—teacher, it can sometimes seem like it’s you against the world…including the families you work with. You’re the education expert. Why can’t they see that?

In this webinar, Sean Roy, a longtime parent advocate and national technical assistance provider, and John Waterman, an experienced educator and parent of a child with exceptionalities, will help you understand what it’s like on the other side of the table, and what families need and want from teachers to truly be a part of their child’s team. This webinar will provide an overview of the information you need, real-life examples of challenging parent/teacher situations and arm you with effective strategies to work with families. The presenters will help you engage your families in the education process with effective communication and common understanding. By communicating with empathy, building strong relationships and encouraging high expectations for your students, great family engagement can be the difference that ultimately helps you best serve your students.

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Describe common experiences families have when interacting with special education professionals.
  2. Explain the impact of high expectations on family involvement and student outcomes.
  3. Explain 3 common challenges when working with families.
  4. List 2-3 strategies to improve communication with families.

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