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Wednesday, December 2 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Fostering Home School Collaboration: Online Professional Development for Rural Teachers LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Technology has reshaped professional development by increasing access to information, enabling sustained follow-up efforts, and fostering teacher reflection and collaboration. Drawing on theoretical models of parent involvement and an ethic of caring, this study examined the perceptions and attitudes of educators and principals toward collaborating with parents of children with disabilities. This inquiry utilized a digital documentary and online curriculum for teachers’ professional development. Results indicate that teachers who participated in online professional development showed increased recognition of the importance of collaborating with families. Principals saw potential for growth and recognized the need to provide professional development for their teachers.

Learning Objectives:

1. Administrators and researchers will have the opportunity to learn about the outcomes for a rural school district, which participated in a study using this approach to professional development. 
2. Educators and administrators involved in professional development are provided information about an innovative approach so that they may be better able to support teachers in building collaborative partnerships with parents. Access to the online documentary and accompanying curriculum is available for educational purposes to schools districts interested in delivering professional development.
3. Parents and their families are provided the opportunity to recognize the power of their stories about their experiences of raising a child with a disability. The stories contained in the digital documentary are told by families tell about the joys as well as the dynamics of raising a child with a disability. From parents, educators can learn to broaden their perspective by listening to families’ stories and in doing so, appreciate the need to form empathy and value the importance of communication and collaboration with parents.

Wednesday December 2, 2015 4:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Salon F 1402 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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