It Takes a Family: Using Children's Books to Advance Social Awareness

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It Takes a Family: Using Children's Books to Advance Social Awareness

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Course Description: This online course is designed for elementary educators and professionals working with elementary aged youth, and looks at the increasing diversity in the makeup of families, such as same gender parents, adoption, interracial and multi-ethnic family members -- a newly recognized norm. Additionally, families are also living under conditions like separation and divorce -- transitions in terms of occupations and locations. These circumstances have created challenges of inclusivity when choosing curriculum materials that reflect the diversity of the classroom.

This online course will examine the diversity of the family in the current environment. Issues such as immigration, same-gender adoption, divorce and separation, combined families, and multiple-ethnicity families will be discussed. After exploring these issues, participants in this course will be introduced to resources that can be implemented into the elementary curriculum as well as strategies for talking about these challenges with parents, administration, and students.

Activities in this online course will include discussions on family diversity and how it affects students in the elementary classroom, an exploration of elementary literature and media that can be used in the curriculum to establish a fully inclusive environment for children from all families, and the sharing of effective methods for understanding or discussing these issues with students, families, and administration. Participants who complete this course will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary issues faced by students and families, find and use various media that includes all varieties of families in their subject matter, and be able to communicate more effectively with students and families from diverse backgrounds or circumstances.

Click here to view the entire course syllabus.

This is a one credit course.

Upcoming sections:
September 15, 2019 - October 5, 2019
October 13, 2019 - November 2, 2019
November 17, 2019 - December 7, 2019
December 15, 2019 - January 4, 2020
January 19, 2020 - February 8, 2020
February 16, 2020 - March 7, 2020
March 22, 2020 - April 11, 2020
April 19, 2020 - May 9, 2020
May 24, 2020 - June 13, 2020
June 14, 2020 - July 4, 2020
July 5, 2020 - July 25, 2020
July 26, 2020 - August 15, 2020
August 30, 2020 - September 19, 2020
October 4, 2020 - October 24, 2020
November 1, 2020 - November 21, 2020
December 6, 2020 - December 26, 2020
January 3, 2021 - January 23, 2021
February 7, 2021 - February 27, 2021
March 7, 2021 - March 27, 2021
April 11, 2021 - May 1, 2021
May 9, 2021 - May 29, 2021

Course Fees (🚨🚨FLASH SALE: $35 License Renewal and $135 Grad Credit now through 8/23!🚨🚨):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $35
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $35
Para credit - $35
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $135
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $135
Audit - $35

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact academy@iowasafeschools.org or call 515.381.0588.

Graduate Credit Policy
Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee per course cancelled. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

Sale Policy
Sales are honored only during the dates the sale is active at the time of your registration. We do not honor current sales for previously registered or completed courses.

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Please allow up to two weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date. Request your transcripts by going to http://www.safeschoolsacademy.org/transcripts.

 

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