Working with Schools
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
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.
Jeff W.

This course helped me to understand the role of the foster parent as it relates to working with the school. As an educator, I knew the role of the teacher and school. I also have a daughter with special needs so I also understand the role of the team and advocating for her needs. The information was easy to understand and the handouts were very helpful.
Deborah M.

This course explores building an effective, positive educational environment for children:

  • roles and responsibilities

  • entering a new school

  • working with the school staff

  • special education

  • parent advocacy

(2 credit hours, $10.00 per person)