Educators have to juggle many tasks throughout the day, but dealing with parents can be one of the most stressful and challenging. This course will analyze the similarities and differences of today’s parents as compared to previous generations. Various parenting techniques and skills will be explored. The course will also identify the barriers that inhibit positive parent/school relationships. Tools and specific language will be provided to help the teacher be a more effective communicator when dealing with parents in different situations. Both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques will be explored. Epstein’s framework will be used as a model to develop a comprehensive program for positive home/school partnerships.