This Facilitation Guide is a companion document to the video series, Care as a Bridge Between Us: Living a Philosophy and Pedagogy of Parent and Teacher Engagement. The Guide is intended for working with groups or for individuals to use as a reflective tool if viewing independently. The Guide provides:
- video segments;
- key ideas;
- questions for reflection; and,
- additional resources and reading.
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This seven part video series on parent engagement, explains how important it is for educators and parents to engage well with one another to enhance educational outcomes for our young children.This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Education.
I. Examining Beliefs and Assumptions
Video 1 of 7: Invites educators to examine their roles or positions in their interactions and how they may need to disposition themselves in order to affirm practices that reflect positive assumptions about parents, build relationships and honour beliefs about the important place and voice of par...
II. Building Relationship: Learning With and From Parents
Video 2 of 7: Explains the importance of knowing each child's story and how educators can bring families and their stories into the classroom. This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Education.
III. Relational Home Visits
Video 3 of 7: Explains how home visits help to establish and to build relationships with children who are coming to school, their parents and their extended families. The positive relationships that begin with home visits help both parents and children feel more comfortable and welcome in the cla...
IV. New Ways of Sharing Student Learning With Parents & Families
Video 4 of 7: Shares the experience of teachers at Howard Coad School who consulted with parents about what they would like to know about their students' successes at school. Teacher vignettes explain new ways of sharing such as: using "I can" statements to represent students' understanding of cu...
V. Co-Constructing Teaching and Learning With Parents
Video 5 of 7: Discusses how parent knowledge can be used to influence their child's learning and provide engaging, authentic experiences that are different from teacher-directed instruction. This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Education.
VI. Systematic Parent Engagement
Video 6 of 7: Explains how parent engagement must be considered to be just as important as skills such as numeracy and, therefore, incorporated in a similar, systematic way on the school landscape. This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Educa...
VII. Engaging With Individual Parents
Video 7 of 7: Highlights how parent knowledge is a valuable addition to teacher knowledge in helping students be included and successful in the classroom. This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Education.
This conclusion to the seven part video series on parent engagement summarizes the theme of the series - the unlimited potential in parent engagement and in working closely with parents and families. This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Edu...