Online Training Opportunities
Introduction to Family Engagement in Education - Harvard Graduate School of Education
Learn about successful collaborations between families and educators and why they lead to improved outcomes for students and schools. This online course is FREE.
Dr. Debbie Pushnor, Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Researches parent engagement in schools and education and has developed a series of training videos on best practices for engaging families of preschool and elementary aged children in grades k-3.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), has created three free modules to improve communication between families and teachers and encourage future teachers to engage families as integral partners in students’ education.
Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center
Our team offers two online courses for educators, one on Foundations of Family Engagement, and one on Partnering with Families to Support Early Literacy.
Foundations of Family Engagement
Foundations of Family Engagement is a course for early career teachers, counselors, and other school-based staff to build your knowledge and skills for effective family engagement. The course will be delivered in 3 learning blocks through a flipped instructional model. For each block, you will first individually complete an online module to build your background knowledge related to family engagement. Then, you will join a synchronous online workshop session to apply knowledge to your professional context. The process will repeat for the next two learning blocks.
Partnering with Families to Support Early Literacy
Partnering with Families to Support Early Literacy is a self-paced, online course for teachers from grades Pre-K through 3rd grade to build your knowledge and skills for enhancing literacy instruction through family engagement. This course is Ohio Approved through OCCRRA to meet Step Up to Quality requirements. The course is divided into three modules: Partnering with Families, Home-based Practices to Support Early Literacy, and Communicating with Families about Early Literacy. To maximize the learning experience, we encourage teachers to take the course at the same time as their colleagues. This will provide for discussion and application as a team. You may also participate in the course on your own, and individually commit to reflecting, sharing, and practicing the concepts presented in the course.