Dealing With Difficult Parents
(and with Parents In Difficult Situations)

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Dealing with Difficult Parents and Parents in Difficult Situations by Todd Whitaker. (2001). New York: Eye on Education. 193 pages

Course Description

This course explores the dynamics of today’s difficult parents who may challenge schools or teachers. Analyzing the cause of combative parents such as poverty, affluence and family system dynamics help educators understand these parents. Ways of dealing with and communicating with difficult parents are presented. Strategies for teachers and school personnel to prevent conflict with parents and handling difficult situations are discussed. Presenting bad news to parents as well as increasing parent involvement is also addressed. Educators will research this issue and write an application essay or project activity that addresses difficult parents in schools.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the historical dynamics of today’s parent and their relationship to schools, how that has changed and how to handle parenting situations that may arise.

2. Teachers will be presented with a variety of strategies to communication and cultivating relationships with parents as well as being proactive to avoid potential problems that may arise in difficult situations.

3. Educators will examine ways of presenting bad news or other student deficiencies to parents in a manner that is none threatening and yet is consistent with school policy.

4. Teachers will explore the curriculums focus and how teachers, principal, students, and parents all contribute to the harmony of a positive school experience for students.

5. Educators will then research this topic and parent involvement in monitoring student responsibilities such as homework as well as parent involvement in school activities.

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. An Overview: Dealing with Difficult Parents
2. Today’s Parents: Who Are These Guys? Describing Today’s Parents
3. What’s Wrong with These Parents Anyway?
4. Communicating with Parents: Building Credibility
5. Positive Communication with Parents- an Ounce of Prevention
6. Listen, Learn, and Cultivate
7. Soothing the Savage Beast
8. What if the Parent is Right?
9. Best Way to Get in the Last Word
10. Do You Feel Defensive? If So, Something is Wrong
11. Dealing with Parents in Difficult Situations – Delivering the Bad News
12. But I Did Get A Good Deal - Examining the Car Salesman
13. What if they Use the “F” word – Fair?
14. Focus on the Future

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book Dealing with Difficult Parents by Hara Estroff Marano, to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review.
4. Project or activity
5. Final application essay. (APA or MA writing style format.)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Dealing With Difficult Parents (and with Parents In Difficult Situations)

$395

3 Credits

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Order: Step 1 of 2

Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
First Name *
Last Name *
Your School District *

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