Engaging with Families and Communities to Support Social-Emotional Learning is the third course in a three-part series designed to support early childhood teachers’ and caregivers’ understanding of the social-emotional learning and development of young children. This short course is divided into three interactive modules to help teachers 1) understanding your families and communities; 2) learn what families and communities understand about SEL; and 3) discover resources available to nurture SEL in families and communities. This course and the full series was developed through a grant-funded partnership between local Grand Rapids Early Childhood Community Partners, Grand Valley State University College of Education faculty, Grand Rapids-based PBS station WGVU and PBS.
Through this course, you will learn more about how you can:
- Reflect on what you understand about the strengths and contexts of families in your early childhood classroom
- Identify strategies and opportunities to engage families in the social-emotional learning in your classroom
- Identify strategies and opportunities to share at home social-emotional learning resources and activities with families
To complete this module you will need to complete one online journal assignment and contribute to five discussion boards.
- Know expert definition of effective family engagement
- Consider multiple reasons why families might not engage
- Understand a strengths-based view of families to support their engagement
- Review a handful of easy-to-use templates for gathering and providing information to families on their children's social-emotional learning in the classroom
- Know that disconnecting behaviors can jeopardize family engagement in social-emotional learning
- Prioritize a responsive approach to family engagement in social-emotional learning that draws upon families' strengths
- Share information with families on how playful experiences nurture young children's social-emotional learning and development
- Identify at-home activities and resources that you can suggest to families for supporting young children's social-emotional learning at home
- Identify specialized resources for families in difficult circumstances who might need additional supports in nurturing children's social-emotional learning
You will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, which can be used for verification with your school administration or state/district PD office for recertification units or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.
Learners who successfully complete PBS TeacherLine courses may be eligible for CEU credits from their state or school district. Learners should check with their district or state professional development office to determine eligibility before enrolling in a PBS TeacherLine course.
PBS TeacherLine provides Learners with:
- The opportunity to print a course certificate of completion which includes course hours of the course.
- A PDF copy of the course syllabus.
PBS TeacherLine does not offer CEUs directly and is not authorized to grant CEU credits. This is typically done by state and district professional development offices.
The Self-Paced Courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 to 4 hours. Learners have a full year of access to their Self-Paced Course content that begins immediately upon enrollment.
The design and structure of the PBS TeacherLine course is based on best practices and research that highlight the importance of content-focused curriculum methods and active learning assignments that provide teachers with opportunities to design, practice and refine teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Learners can explore the course content, watch videos, complete interactive activities, reflect on learning with peers, and take self-assessments. Working at their own pace and according to their individual schedules, learners will have access to the course for 1 year after the purchase date to complete this 3 hour professional learning opportunity.
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Our self-paced courses typically require 1.5 to 4 hours of study. Learners will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, activities, and multiple-choice quizzes. All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.