A Facilitator’s Guide For Staff Development

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PROMOTING PARENTENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL HEALTHA Facilitator’s Guide for Staff Development

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PROMOTINGPARENT ENGAGEMENTIN SCHOOL HEALTHA Facilitator’s Guide forStaff DevelopmentPROMOTING PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL HEALTH A FACILITATOR’S GUIDE FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT3

AcknowledgmentsThis document was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center forHIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)with significant conceptual, technical, and editorial assistance from others across CDC and experts in thefields of school health education, professional and staff development, parent/family engagement, and childand adolescent development. The content of this staff development program is based on Parent Engagement:Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health, available at nt engagement strategies.pdf.Lead AuthorsShannon Michael, PhD, MPHCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHPete Hunt, MPH, MEdCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHJoyce L. Epstein, PhDCenter on School, Family, andCommunity PartnershipsJohns Hopkins UniversityKari Gloppen, MPHUniversity of WashingtonContributorsLisa Barrios, DrPHCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHPatricia Dittus, PhDCDC, NCHHSTPDivision of Sexually TransmittedDisease PreventionSarah M. Lee, PhDCDC, National Center for ChronicDisease Prevention and HealthPromotionDivision of Population HealthSandra Leonard, RN, MS, FNPCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHMary Kaeser, MEdCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHSusan RussellRussell and English Researchand Evaluation ConsultingHowell Wechsler, EdD, MPHCDC, NCHHSTP, DASHSuggested Citation:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Promoting Parent Engagement in School Health: A Facilitator’s Guidefor Staff Development. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.To obtain copies:Download this document from CDC’s Web ent engagement.htmUse of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by thePublic Health Service or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.4PROMOTING PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL HEALTH A FACILITATOR’S GUIDE FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT

PROMOTING PARENT ENGAGEMENTIN SCHOOL HEALTH:A Facilitator’s Guide for Staff DevelopmentTable of ContentsAcknowledgments. 4Introduction . 6Importance of Staff Development to Improve Parent Engagement in School Health . 7Overview of the Facilitator’s Guide for Staff Development . 7Learning Objectives. 7Program Agenda . 8Materials Needed. 9Suggestions for Use .10Program Procedures .11Exercises and Activities .13Warm-up Exercise: Pulse Check on Parent Engagement in Your School.14Activity #1: Connect with Parents .15Activity #2: Engage Parents .16Activity #3: Sustain Parent Engagement.17Activity #4 (optional): Action Planning for Parent Engagement in School Health.18Take-home Exercise: Parent Engagement: Things to Consider and Do! .21Wrap-up of the Staff Development Program.22Handouts and Appendix .23Handout A: Pulse Check on Parent Engagement in Your School.24Handout B: Connect with Parents .25Handout C: Engage Parents.27Handout D: Sustain Parent Engagement.33Handout E: Parent Engagement in School Health — Action Plan Forms.40Handout F: Parent Engagement: Things to Consider and Do!.43Handout G: Parent Engagement Resources .44Handout H: Feedback Form for Staff Development Program .46Appendix: E-mail Invitation Template for a Staff Development Program.47PROMOTING PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL HEALTH A FACILITATOR’S GUIDE FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT5

IntroductionThe purpose of the staff development program, PromotingParent Engagement in School Health, is to provide teachersand other school staff with an introduction to parentengagement and guidance on how to engage parentsin school health activities. Parent engagement in schoolsis defined as parents and school staff working togetherto support and improve the learning, development, andhealth of children and adolescents. Parent engagementin schools can promote positive health and academicbehaviors among children and adolescents. Researchshows that parent engagement in schools is closely linkedto better student behavior, higher academic achievement,and enhanced social skills. Parent engagement also makesit more likely that