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:

April 28, 2019 - May 18, 2019

May 19, 2019 - June 8, 2019

June 9, 2019 - June 29, 2019

June 30, 2019 - July 20, 2019

July 21, 2019 - August 10, 2019

August 11, 2019 - August 31, 2019

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

Course Fees (Earth Week: $45/$50 License Renewal Credit and $145/$150 Graduate Credit now through 4/29!):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $45
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $50
Para credit - $45
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $145
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $150
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.

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. Graduate transcripts take 3-4 weeks to receive and will be mailed directly to the individual.

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