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Resources for Educators

Professional Development Trainings:

2014 (1 hr. 5 min.)

Engaging Diverse Families: What Parents Want Teachers to Know and Do

This presentation given by a unique panel of parents, who are also special education advocates and experts in diversity, provides an understanding of the parent perspective and suggests strategies they have found to be effective for building collaboration with all parents of children with behavior or learning concerns and disabilities, particularly those from diverse cultures.

View - Practical Tips: Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Children Needing Mental Health Support

2014, (55 minutes)

Practical Tips: Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Children Needing Mental Health Support

This webinar is designed for educators, administrators, social workers, children's mental health providers and any other professionals working with families and their children with mental health needs. Culture is embodied in the ordinary things we do- how we speak, greet parents, organize a meeting, or provide a service. When important belief systems are breached, providers run the risk of offending the family. This presentation given by a unique panel of parents who are also advocates and experts in diversity, will suggest strategies they have found to be effective for building collaboration with families.

2010, (75 minutes)

Practical Tips for Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Young Children

This webinar is designed for early childhood care and education providers and early intervention and early childhood special education professionals. Culture is embodied in the ordinary things we do – how we speak, greet parents, organize a meeting, or provide a service. When important belief systems are breached, providers run the risk of offending a family, even when that is not the intent. A unique panel of parents who are also advocates and experts in diversity will suggest strategies they have found to be effective for building collaboration with families.


2009 (2 hours)

Engaging and Supporting Culturally Diverse Families with Young Children

This Webinar is designed for early childhood care and education providers and early intervention and early childhood special education professionals or anyone who wants to increase their effectiveness in working with families from diverse cultures, especially those who have a young child with developmental concerns or delays.

2008 (2 hrs. 22 min.)

Serving Diverse Families - Strategies for Early Childhood Providers

This webinar is designed for early childhood intervention and early childhood special education professionals who want to increase their effectiveness in working with young children with disabilities from diverse cultures. It is for everyone who has ever wondered:

  • "How can I avoid offending a parent who is from a culture different from my own?"
  • "How can I help families be comfortable in expressing their opinions and proposing solutions?"
  • "How can I support their decisions, even when I do not agree?"
  • "How can I help the family determine family-directed outcomes based on their concerns, needs, and priorities?"

Conducting Family-Friendly School Events

  • Distribute event information through multiples means of communication
    • include flyer in student take-home folder
    • email directly to families
    • hand out in person at conferences or other school meetings
    • post on school website and bulletins
    • include in school newsletter
    • print poster-size versions of the flyer and post on entrance doors and at the visitor check-in station
  • Provide staff at the event who speak the various languages to greet and welcome parents who are English language learners.
  • Provide interpreters and translated materials for informational sessions.

Creating a family friendly flyer:

  • Avoid using acronyms for locations or titles — spell everything out
  • Make sure to list where participants can park and which entrance to use for the event
  • Will there be food?  Children welcome? Childcare available?  For what ages? If not, specify that it will not be provided.
  • Consider including the agenda or event items for the scheduled activities so families know what to expect or can “catch up” if they arrive late.
  • Include speakers’ names and photos (if relevant). Indicate what school staff they can expect to see at the event.
  • Create flyers in multiple languages so that all families feel welcome
  • Provide a “save the date” piece several weeks before the event as well as a reminder the week of the event.

 

 

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