One of the best things we can do for our students is to get their parents to park their cars and come inside to participate, along with their children, in Jewish educational experiences. How do we go beyond class Shabbat dinners, family Hanukkah programs, and Purim carnivals to make parents our true partners? In this course, we will consider the challenges to fully engaging parents as individuals and as a group. Together, we will develop a multipronged approach to overcoming the common challenges, beginning with ways to use communication and materials to bridge the learning between school and home. We will identify a variety of opportunities for parents to join the class, as learners, as teachers, and as welcome guests. By the end of this course, participants will have a parent communication strategy as well as detailed plans for at least two intergenerational programs that will leave parents feeling competent and connected.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize and articulate typical benefits and challenges to parent engagement
- Implement communication strategies that create strong parent-school relationships
- Identify opportunities to modify your existing curriculum and programming to enhance relationships
- Develop intergenerational programs that will leave parents feeling competent and connected