Research has shown that relationships are important at all levels of education. This strand looks at two types of relationships—relationships that schools/ have with their students’ families and the community at large, and relationships that help children make the transition from home to early childhood programs, to elementary school, etc. There Is a wealth of research on the role of families in children’s learning and education, and there are many examples of best practices from a variety of settings and cultures. In this strand, participants should learn the basics and apply them to the setting in which they work.
Structure of the Strand
This strand has three lessons. The first two lessons look at how and why to build effective school-family partnerships, and the third lesson focuses on strengthening relationships among various education levels in the 0-12 continuum. The emphasis in these lessons is on learning from research from early childhood through grade 12.
How to incorporate this strand into existing courses or existing curricula
These lessons may be incorporated into existing leadership courses, such as courses on change leadership and school culture. Portions of the strand could also be easily implemented as professional development workshops—either in person or online.