Powerful Partnerships

Bring an engaging, informative, and inspiring workshop to your next conference or meeting. 

Each multimedia training experience is specifically designed to decrease stress, increase success and enhance joy of those doing the critical work of leading today's early childhood professionals.

Partnership Defined:  “A partnership suggests mutual respect, an acceptance of equivalent expertise, and a reciprocal relationship in which each partner shares information and expectations with the other.” (Pugh, 1985)

100% of 2019 Participants recommended these courses!

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Promoting Powerful Parent Partnerships through Concerns, Challenges, and Conflicts.

Gain insight and strategies to build a robust and rewarding relationship with parents, especially those you find difficult to connect with. Explore methods to effectively communicate about concerns and challenging behaviors that will increase parent’s openness to your suggestions and investment in using helpful, productive strategies. Learn collaborative conflict resolution strategies and apply a process to comfortably resolve conflicts that inevitably come up. You will walk away with strategies you can apply today to build a productive and cooperative relationship that will ensure success for you and the families you work with.

III: Relationships with Families

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Communicating Concerns and Challenges with Parents of Infants and Toddlers

Gain strategies to effectively and comfortably discuss developmental concerns, challenging behaviors, and safety guidelines with parents of infants and toddlers. Collect methods to set the stage for these conversations before concerns arise. Identify tips and helpful language that will turn these potentially awkward or tense conversations into comfortable and collaborative discussions. Apply the tools learned to a common real-life scenario you experience. You will increase your confidence and ease with having these sensitive conversations and ensure the discussions keep parents open to your insight, increase parent buy-in, and help maintain your important relationship with parents.

III: Relationships with Families

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Creating a Cohesive and Collaborative Caregiving Team

Identify tips to increase positive communication and a team approach in your caregiving environment. Gain tools to confidently, calmly, and comfortably have difficult conversations with coworkers about concerns. Learn a process for collaboratively problem-solving challenges together in a way that builds your work relationship and reduces challenging behaviors. List methods to develop an effective teaching team that will lower your stress, increase your success, and enhance your joy, personally and professionally!

VI: Professionalism

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Constructive Parent Communication During Daily Interactions and Difficult Conversations

Explore communication tools and conversation starters you can use during day-to-day interactions and parent meetings to set the stage and build a collaborative working relationship. Gain tools to confidently, calmly, and comfortably have difficult conversations with parents about behavioral concerns. Discover methods to diffuse tense situations and productively communicate with stressed, demanding, sensitive, and sometimes explosive parents. Explore specific questions and statements you can use that build a positive connection with parents as you problem-solve challenges together and work toward shared goals and increased consistency between home and your care. Practice and apply the methods learned to real-life scenarios in your work with parents.

III: Relationships with Families

 

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Helpful Websites

Maryland Family Engagement Coalition

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework Toolkit

What participants appreciate:

Head Start Staff Fall 2019

"Raelene truly listens and understands the work"

"Her knowledge, her strategies, her positivity"

"The open communication, how to apply it to everyone"

"The strategies I got out of the training"

"Upbeat, knowledgeable. Making it very relatable to our work."

"It reminded me to look at things from parents' point of view instead of always focusing on how I view things"

"The presenter being fun/she definitely got my attention"

"Values of input/discussions"

"Strategies & visuals to help envision building relationships"

"It is apparent that she loves what she does."

I liked that it was interactive!"

"The easy conversation & useful tools"

"A LOT of quality content, loved hands on."

"LOVED how engaging you were, thank you!"

"Thank you for the great tools & ideas!"

Strategies participants take away:

  • Building in positive messages on top of tough ones.

  • Asking "Tell me more" and seeking to truly understand

  • Take more time attending and listening and less time interpreting 

  • Being more curious

  • Staying focused, in the moment, to build the relationship

  • Taking time to visit and connect with families. Plan a time during the visit to let go of my agenda 

  • Don't let connecting with parents overwhelm you. Take the smallest step and add it into your everyday encounter with the parent to improve relationship.

  • Call attention to positives with all families

  • Seek to understand the "why" behind parents lack of follow through

  • Meet families where they are at

  • Shared ideas

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou
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