Karen Jorgenson, M.A. and Ginger Gorham, M.S. examine problems frequently encountered when working with a child's school and offer simple, positive guidance to foster parents on developing a working relationship with schools. Ms. Jorgenson and Ms. Gorham also discuss building a school-parent team, roles and responsibilities of the foster parent and the school, special education, homework strategies, and dealing with difficult behaviors at school. Handouts are included.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
identify reasons children in care experience significant school problems
identify members of a school "team"
state school and foster parent roles and responsibilities
identify strategies to help a child transition to a new school
identify ways to advocate for your child when dealing with schools
describe the role of the parent in the special education process
list strategies for overcoming homework struggles
identify methods for dealing with difficult behaviors at school
(2 credit hours, $10.00 per person).
This course explores building an effective, positive educational environment for children:
roles and responsibilities
entering a new school
working with the school staff
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I am a foster parent, and a licensed teacher. This course clarified what I already knew, and helped my husband who is not as familiar with education. The handouts were helpful, especially the surrogate parent handout because there are always questions legally about can the foster parent act as the parent on certain decisions. I did like the point that was made about making homework positive.