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Family Collaboration & Advocacy in Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary
From advocating for special education and students with disabilities to working and communicating with parents, this chapter offers several brief lessons that address information potential early childhood educators would need to know. You will have the opportunity to study relevant theories, communication methods and teacher roles.
You will learn strategies for getting parents involved in their child's education and advocating for students as well as families. After you complete your review of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain why stakeholder communication is important in special education
- Discuss family system theory
- Understand how to get parents and the community involved in education
- Report a student's learning progress to parents
- Serve as an advocate for special needs students and students with disabilities
- Advocate for early childhood education programs
- Identify and report cases of child abuse
Video and text lessons provide brief, expert instruction in each topic and can be accessed at all times from any device. Lesson transcripts can also be printed to create quick reference materials. Self-assessment quizzes are great tools you can use to determine if you are ready to move from one topic to the next.
1. The Importance of Stakeholder Communication in Special Education
Stakeholder communication is an incredibly important aspect of special education planning. This lesson will detail why this communication is so important, as well as highlight the roles of parents and teachers in the special education process.
2. Family System Theory: Definition and Changes Over Time
The term 'family' can have different definitions, such as a family of a mother, father, and children, or family units that consist of extended family members and friends. This lesson will define the family systems theory and explore various types of families, models of influence, and changing family trends.
3. Building a Collaborative Environment Between Home & School
Students are more successful when parents are involved in the education process. In this lesson, you will learn how to involve parents in their child's high school math education.
4. Working & Communicating with Parents of Special Education Students
If you have students in special education, establishing a relationship with their parents is important for student success. In this lesson, you will review some tips for productive interactions with parents of special education students.
5. Involving Parents & Caregivers in Student Education
Educators know students are most successful when parents and caregivers are involved in their child's education. How can teachers and administrators engage parents? This lesson presents ways to provide varied and meaningful engagement.
6. How to Report Learning Progress to Students & Parents
This lesson describes how to communicate learning progress. It specifically focuses on the tools of summative documentation, formative communication, and standardized documentation.
7. Promoting Community Involvement in Schools
School districts are often at the physical center of their neighborhoods. Parents expect their schools to educate and care for their children, while offering the best of where they live, so it's a perfect marriage when the extended community is involved in the life and needs of the school.
8. The Importance of Advocating for Children & Families
In the bureaucratized education system we work in today, it is often possible for students' needs to be ignored. In this lesson, we discuss the importance of advocating for students and their families.
9. How Teachers Serve as Advocates for Students with Disabilities
Are you concerned with the legal and ethical issues surrounding teacher advocacy for students with disabilities? This lesson will discuss these issues as well as the qualities and characteristics of an efficient advocate.
10. Advocacy for Early Childhood Programs & Services
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively advocate for services to help families with young children adjust to change and transitions, the development of quality education programs for young children, and the health, living, and working conditions of young children and their families.
11. The Role of Teachers in Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse
Child abuse is a serious problem, and teachers have a moral and ethical obligation to help abused children by reporting concerns. This lesson will review your role in recognizing and reporting child abuse.
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Other chapters within the Praxis Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (5023): Practice & Study Guide course
- Fundamentals of Early Childhood Development
- Educational Theorists
- Influences on Child Development & Learning
- Early Childhood Special Needs Education
- Principles of Gifted Education
- Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Young Children
- Early Childhood Special Education Learning Environments
- Early Education Classroom Management
- Curriculum Development Basics
- Instructional Strategies & Activities
- Early Childhood Educational Technology
- Diversity & Character Education in Early Childhood Learning
- Assessments in Early Childhood Education
- Professional Development in Early Childhood Education
- Praxis Interdisciplinary ECE Flashcards