Some of the hardest conversations teachers have with families are the ones when we believe their children would benefit from an evaluation for special education services. Too often, we find ourselves broaching the “referral” recommendation before having formed a solid relationship with our students’ families, which can sometimes alienate families and strain the connections they share with teachers and the school.
In this workshop, participants will explore different ways to form and sustain partnerships with families and tap into this bond to support and nurture thriving partnerships. Through role-plays and opportunities to practice communicating sensitive information with families, workshop participants will diversify their teacher toolkits and emerge with additional skills and knowledge to deploy when back at their schools. Specific attention will be given to the ways teachers can partner with families of color when the prospect of an evaluation is on the horizon.
Presenter: Pam Jones