Dashboard Building Teaching Practices Pathway Family Focus Unit Embracing Our Communities Topic Affirming Difference and Valuing Background Knowledge Acknowledge the many valid ways of speaking, behaving, and learning, and learn to build student background knowledge into your instruction. 60 min Link Linking Identity and Achievement Through Cultural Competence Help culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students develop knowledge and pride in their own culture while preparing them to navigate the mainstream. 60 min Link Using Critical Consciousness to Challenge Inequity Guide students in developing a critical consciousness that allows them to identify and question forces that produce inequity. 60 min Link Working Against Racial Bias Develop a sociocultural consciousness—recognizing that worldviews are shaped by experiences and identity—to help you combat racial bias in the classroom. 60 min Link Family Engagement Topic The Importance of Working with Parents Addressing Barriers to Parent Involvement Explore strategies to overcome bias and communicate effectively with a wide range of parents, making them feel valued and welcomed. 30 min Link Strategies for Communicating with Parents Discover some helpful dos and don’ts for effective teacher-parent communication—in all types of conversations, not just difficult ones. 30 min Link Strategies for Engaging with Parents Consider strategies that help teachers reach out and build positive relationships with parents. 30 min Link Module: The Importance of Working with Parents Parental involvement in a child’s education has a positive impact on academic achievement, behavior, social development, and overall well-being. This module explores the different ways parents can be involved and the importance of teacher outreach. In this module, you will: Identify different forms of parent involvement. Explain the importance of parent involvement. Expand All Lessons Status 1 Lesson 1. Introduction 2. Types of Parental Involvement 2 Assessment Supplemental Videos Course Effectiveness How might the strategies suggested in this On-Demand Module work in an actual classroom? Listen to what a teacher who completed this module has to say. Module Resources Setting The Stage (PDF) This document prepares and supports teachers with background on the topic presented in the module. Note Taking Guide (.docx) Jot down your thoughts about this module, including questions or things you want to learn. Coaching Guide (PDF) The coaching guide helps instructional leaders support teachers as they prepare to implement concepts from the modules in their own classrooms. Module Resource (PDF) The module resource will help you apply the knowledge and skills learned in the module. It also contains supplemental resources and a reference list. Transcript (PDF) View the transcript for all chapters of this On-Demand Module. Freely available You don’t have to pay for quality professional development. All of the modules on the Learning Library are available to you at no cost. Take at your convenience We know you’re busy. Our modules can be taken on any device, and if you don’t have time to finish you can come right back to where you left off. Research-based modules Stay at the top of your field. Our modules address real-world issues and are developed using the latest research available.