Training Parents as partners

How to collaborate with parents

Content of the training

This training contributes to your personal development concerning the collaboration with parents. In this course Parents as Partners, one of the courses offered, parent involvement is used to widen the changes helping children to learn better and to become empowered by learning. Teachers learn how to communicate effectively with parents and how to plan and carry out different types of parent involvement.

This course about parent involvement is set according to the types of parent involvement of Epstein. The first module is an opening module. The second module gives an introduction on the theme of parent participation; starting with a case study, highlighting its importance. In this case study the step-by-step model from the course How to understand and support children in need of help is used. Followed by the three principles of parent participation and completed by an introduction on the types of parent participation derived from Epstein. The fifth, sixth and seventh modules each discuss one of the types of parent participation and deepen the knowledge and skills of the course members through various assignments.

The framework of Epstein distinguishes six types of parent involvement in schools. Five of the types from Epstein are used in the course because they are most relevant for teachers. In the course the following types of involvement are used:

  1. Communicating
  2. Learning at home
  3. Parenting
  4. Volunteering
  5. Decision making

The last module combines everything covered on the course in the final assignments.

Each day the training starts with a devotion based on a passage from the Bible. These devotions put the themes of the day in the light of the Kingdom of God. It may also encourage you to have your values and ambitions aligned with God’s purposes for education and the collaboration with parents.


The results and impact of the training will differ from person to person. The success depends on to which extent you will be involved in the course. In other words, it comes down to having an open (learning) mind. In addition, there is the input and approach given by the trainer. He or she will stimulate you to continue to develop yourself during the training but also afterwards. Of course, the success also depends on the training course itself. An evaluation form will enable you to give feedback after the training. We hope the training will contribute to an open attitude, needed skills and new insights in your own way of collaborating with parents!

Target group

Any teacher who needs to be (more) knowledge, skills and a change of attitude in collaborating with parents.

Goals of the training

After the training you:

  • Know how to reflect on the responsibility of raising and educating children from a biblical perspective in order to act as a partner of parents in raising and educating their children.
  • Are aware of the importance of parent participation.
  • Are able to use the step-by-step model in analyzing and dealing with a problem related to parent participation.
  • Are able to analyze communication with parents related to appropriateness:
  • Are able to describe the different types of parent participation:
  • Know how to share important aspects of the learning process with parents in an effective way.
  • Know how to share with parents how they can improve their home situation to make it more favourable for learning.
  • Know how to support parents in fulfilling the basic needs in the development of their children within the boundaries of your role as a teacher.
  • you are able to combine the knowledge, skills and attituteds developed in previous modules with real situations.


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S.P (Sjoerd) van den Berg

S.P (Sjoerd) van den Berg

Project Manager INCE