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Family Conferencing: Asking and Listening

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to introduce teachers to family conferencing. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article "Parents' Perspectives on Conferencing" by Roslyn Duffy
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audience for this kit is teachers working with children from birth to age 8. Participants will learn skills for effective family conferencing.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Implementation time is 1.5 hours.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will identify effective conferencing techniques.
  2. Teachers will evaluate their current level of knowledge and information about thechildren in their classrooms.
  3. Teachers will improve their ability to ask for information.
  4. Teachers will enhance their skills for listening to family members.
  5. Teachers will contribute ideas to pre-conference family questionnaires.
  6. Teachers will learn how to create action plans in collaboration with parents duringconferences.
  7. Teachers will complete conference-planning forms as a part of conference planningprocess.

These training outcomes address the following:

  • C-1c, C-1a, C3b, C-4b, C-5b, C-6a, C-6b, C-6c of the Accreditation Criteria and Procedures of theNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1998).
  • Standards 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, and 5 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (NAEYC, 2003).
  • 1304.21(a)(2)(i), 1304.21(a)(3)(i)(A), 1304.40 (a)(1), (4), (5), and 1304.40(e)(1), 1304.40(e)(3) of the HeadStart Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215).

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