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.

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This is a one credit course.

Upcoming Sections:
August 6, 2017 - August 26, 2017
August 27, 2017 - September 16, 2017
October 8, 2017 - October 28, 2017
November 19, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Course Fees (Save 50% off License Renewal and $30 off Grad Credit now through July 28th!):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $42.50
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $65
Para credit - $42.50
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $130
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $210
Audit - $35

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact academy@iowasafeschools.org or call 515.471.8024.

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

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. 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 and ISEA reserve 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.

Transcripts
Please allow up to two to three weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date.  License renewal and paraeducator credit transcripts are available at https://www.iseatranscripts.org following a course's completion.  This transcript will represent all classes taken through ISEA over the past several years.  Drake Graduate transcripts may take longer to receive and will be sent directly to the individual. 

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