Educators/School System Resources


In order to understand effective ways to get families involved, educators are given a chance to discuss their experiences in working with and engaging parents/families.  Through reflection, educators are encouraged to learn from past experiences, try to better understand the parent/family perspective in working with educators and different ways to overcome barriers in building positive and collaborative relationships with a child’s first “teacher.”

Family Matters

To successfully engage families, it is important to first understand how families function and their important role in a youth’s development.  After completing the training, educators, mental health and social service providers will be equipped with better strategies to engage with families such as: recognizing a family’s strengths, understanding and appreciating family diversity, and building positive working relationships with families who are seen as resistant by schools, mental health and social service providers.

What is Cultural Diversity?

Beliefs and values differ greatly from person to person and in this training, participants are encouraged to consider their own beliefs and values that affect their interactions with individuals and groups.  The first part of the training is interactive and encourages open communication between small group members.  The second half of the training focuses on how our learned behavior patterns can come into conflict with institutional expectations and negative outcomes of those conflicts for certain populations.

Dealing with change successfully

A smooth transition can mean success for youth, parents and teachers throughout the school year. This training provides information to educators on the significance of key academic transitions for children and their families: early childhood to pre-k or Kindergarten, elementary to middle school, and middle to high school.  Information and strategies are provided to promote successful academic and social transitions for children.

Developing Parent Leaders

Research outcomes point to improved behaviors, high grades, and children staying in school longer when parents are involved in their child’s education.  How do schools and agencies recruit, train, and sustain parent leaders?  This training provides educators and community agencies with a framework for identifying, training and maximizing the untapped resource of parent leaders.

Parents and Teachers talking together

PIRC staff facilitate a discussion between the two groups most responsible for student learning – parents and teachers.  What do parents and teachers most want for their students?  And what do they need to do to get what they want?

Responding To Children Under Stress

Teachers and school staff often does not have needed training to recognize, provide support, or structure their classrooms in ways that encourage successful social-emotional and academic functioning for children.  This training provide information, specific interventions and skill training for teachers and school staff.

Secrets Of Family Engagement

Family involvement is critical and a vital resource for schools.  It is important that district and school leaders have information, strategies, and resources that enable them to develop and implement plans to engage these critical resources.

Tennessee’s Parental Involvement Standards

As part of Tennessee’s educational reform initiative, all public schools will provide information to parents and the community on their parental involvement efforts.  This information will be part of the school and district report cards along with their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data.  What will these mean for you schools, staff, and communities?

*This training was developed specifically to assist schools in meeting State and Federal requirements under the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Family Functioning

This training targets increasing the awareness of teachers, mental health and social service providers in understanding families, how they function, and their significance in a child and adolescents development. The information provides specific strategies in engaging with families, recognizing a family’s strengths, understanding and appreciating family diversity, and building positive working relationships with families who are seen as resistant by schools, mental health and social service providers.

Special Education and IDEA

The topic of Special Education and IDEA has been broken down to separate trainings. One of the trainings focuses on providing principals, school staff, and regular education teachers with an understanding of IDEA, the IEP process, 504 plans, and their responsibilities under IDEA. Another training educates parents on IDEA and their rights. This is an intensive training to develop self-advocacy skills with parents.