Strengthening Family and School Relationships

How do you create connections with families in your program? Do all your families feel welcome and valued? This workshop will allow participants to reflect upon their connections with families and learn strategies to create a more welcoming school environment.


  • Carrie Becker

    Early Childhood Specialist

    Carrie Becker

    Carrie Becker is an educational consultant who specializes in early childhood and special education. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary/special education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Carrie uses her 20+ years of experience working with children and families to design professional development workshops that inspire teachers to reflect upon and grow their teaching practices. She is passionate about creating environments that foster authentic learning experiences for both children and adults.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Introduction to Carrie
    • Introduction
    • Objectives
  • 2
    Making Connections
    • How do you make connections?
    • Current Engagement and Roadblocks
    • Ideas for Connections
    • What Research Tells Us
    • Accessible Family Involvement Article
  • 3
    Cultural Considerations
    • Culture
    • Videos
    • Cultural Connections
    • Diverse Families
    • Language
    • Introduction to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
    • Edutopia 20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents by Elena Aguilar
    • Tips Put Into Practice
    • Best Practices
  • 4
    Final Project and Quiz
    • Action Plan
    • Action Plan Notes
    • Transforming Early Childhood Education
    • Final Quiz
    • Course Feedback