Fostering Caring and Meaningful Partnerships between Staff and Families|Course hero helper

Posted: February 18th, 2023

Overview

For this Performance Task, you will create a PowerPoint presentation  with an accompanying script for a half-hour presentation. Your  PowerPoint will provide current and relevant research-based information  on the importance of strong and supportive staff-family partnerships and  address issues that impact staff-family relationships.

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Fostering Caring and Meaningful Partnerships between Staff and Families

As the Director of an early childhood education program that includes  a very diverse community of families, you understand the importance of  developing meaningful connections between all of the significant adults  in children’s lives. You have determined that one of the program goals  for this coming year is to improve the number, types, and depth of  staff-family partnerships. As a first step, you asked staff to share  their thoughts, questions, and concerns about working and partnering  with families, and you received the following responses:

  • “I am working so hard on developing relationships with the children,  especially at the beginning of the year, that I don’t have time to  focus on families.”
  • “My children have such diverse backgrounds this year. I’m not sure I  can figure out how to communicate with all of their families.”
  • “We put a lot of work into Family Day and not everyone comes. How  should we follow up with families who didn’t make the effort to join  in?”
  • “Some families seem very hard to reach. How long do you keep trying?”
  • “I wish our families would get to know each other better. I think that might help them connect to our program.”
  • “I know there are different perspectives on parenting, but how do I  balance the cultural preferences they have with what’s best for the  children?”

The staff’s responses/questions tell you that most of the staff is  interested in developing knowledge and skills in this area. You decide  to bring everyone together to talk and to learn in a workshop format.  You create a PowerPoint presentation to encourage conversation and  professional development on this topic, which is so vital to children’s  healthy development and learning.

To complete this Assessment:

Use the PowerPoint Template provided to create a presentation with an  accompanying script that begins with a Title Slide, ends with a  Reference Slide, and includes slides that cover:

  • A brief introduction explaining why strong partnerships between staff and families are vital to all involved. (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Analyze evidence-based resources in order to suggest:
    • Four research-based strategies to help foster caring and meaningful partnerships between staff and families. (2-3 slides)
    • At least three questions designed to elicit input from staff on key  concepts related to building strong and supportive staff-family  partnerships. (You do not need to answer the questions in your script,  but they should reflect key concepts that you want staff to explore in  greater depth.) (2-3 slides)
    • At least two questions for staff to pose to families, which foster communication between families and staff. (1 slide)
  • A brief summary of and a citation/link to a recommended article that  you would like staff to read before the next workshop, which will be on  strengthening staff-family communication. (1 slide)
  • The resources that contributed to your knowledge base. (1-2 slides)

Note: The PowerPoint Template is formatted according to  this content. However, you can change the slide titles, add slides, and  make any adjustments necessary to create the most effective  presentation possible.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • Use the Notes section of each slide to write the script for your presentation.
  • Include photographs on at least four of your slides that  appropriately represent the content on the slide, and, as a group,  reflect the diversity represented in your center. (If you include  photographs of children, other than your own, remember to obtain written  permission. Contact your coach for the appropriate form. If you are  looking for a copyright-free website, you can use Pexels. Because you are creating this PowerPoint for an Assessment and not to share for-profit, you can also use Shutterstock.
  • Be sure to complete the Reference Slide, and accurately cite all of  the references you used to complete your PowerPoint. When citing  references within the PowerPoint and on the reference slide, use the  Walden University APA guidelines for citations and the Academic Writing  Expectation (AWE) writing guidelines at AWE Writing Guidelines. (1-2 slide)

    We Can Do This! Fostering Caring and Meaningful Partnerships

     

     

     

     

    Notes: (Write your script for each slide in this section of the PowerPoint.)

     

    Use these links for support as you prepare your PowerPoint slide presentation:

     

    Microsoft Online PowerPoint Tutorial. (2017). Retrieved from https://office.live.com/start/PowerPoint.aspx

     

    Ten Smart Ways to Make Any Power Point Presentation Way More Interesting. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/09/22/10-smart-ways-to-make-any-powerpoint-presentation-way-more-interesting/#79283c8f68ad

     

    Add slides as needed.

    Why Strong Partnerships are Vital

     

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (A brief introduction consisting of 1-2 paragraphs explaining why strong partnerships between staff and families are vital to all involved).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Research-Based Strategies that Work

     

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (Four research-based strategies to help foster caring and meaningful partnerships between staff and families using 2-3 slides.For each strategy, write at least 1 paragraph. Include in-text citations throughout the paragraphs to demonstrate that the strategies are research-based)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Questions to Inspire Your Thinking

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (At least three questions designed to elicit input from staff on key concepts related to building strong and supportive staff-family partnerships. You do not need to answer the questions in your script, but they should reflect key concepts that you want staff to explore in greater depth using 2-3 slides. Provide at least 1 paragraph per question detailing the foundation for each question. Use in-text citations throughout to demonstrate that these questions are “evidence-based.”)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Questions to Ask Families (that Foster Communication)

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (At least two questions for staff to pose to families, which foster communication between families and staff. Use one slide. Provide at least 1 paragraph per question detailing the foundation for each question. Use in-text citations throughout to demonstrate that these questions are “evidence-based.”)

     

     

     

     

    An Article I Recommend…

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (A brief summary of and a citation/link to a recommended article that you would like staff to read before the next workshop, which will be on strengthening staff-family communication. Use one slide. )

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    References

     

     

     

     

    Notes:

    (Accurately cite all of the references you used to complete your PowerPoint. When citing references within the PowerPoint and on the reference slide, use the Walden University APA guidelines for citations and the Academic Writing Expectation (AWE) writing guidelines at AWE Writing Guidelines. Use 1-2 slides.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SOLUTION

    reflects some common challenges in building partnerships between staff and families, particularly in a diverse community. Here are some suggestions to address each of the concerns raised:

    1. Balancing time and attention: It’s true that developing relationships with children can be time-consuming, but building connections with families is just as important. Encourage staff to find ways to involve families in the daily life of the program, such as sharing pictures or stories of what their child did that day. This can be done through an app, text messages, email or simply on a bulletin board. Also, consider scheduling regular “parent-teacher conferences” or informal check-ins to discuss each child’s progress and to hear from families about any concerns or questions they may have.
    2. Communicating with diverse families: Communicating with families who have different backgrounds, cultures, and languages can be challenging, but it’s important to try to make a connection. Staff can start by learning a few key phrases in the families’ home languages, using translation apps or interpreters, or asking families to help them understand their culture. Consider hosting events that celebrate different cultures and invite families to share their traditions and customs.
    3. Follow-up after events: It can be disappointing when families don’t attend events, but it’s important to remember that everyone has different schedules and priorities. Staff can follow up with families who didn’t attend to find out if there were any barriers, concerns or suggestions for future events. Also, make sure to communicate the highlights of the event, so families who didn’t attend can still feel connected and informed.
    4. Reaching out to hard-to-reach families: Some families may be harder to reach, but persistence can pay off. Staff can try different communication methods, such as phone calls, home visits, or sending personalized notes or messages. They can also seek support from a family liaison, who can help to bridge the gap between the program and the family.
    5. Building connections between families: Encourage families to get to know each other by organizing events or activities that bring families together, such as picnics, potlucks or playdates. Staff can also create opportunities for families to collaborate on projects or share their skills and talents with

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