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Parents As Trainers
This project is designed to promote collaborative parent/faculty teaching teams in pre-service training programs to facilitate effective service provision to children with disabilities and their families. Parent/faculty teams serve as co-instructors in training courses for students who, as professionals, will provide services to children with disabilities and their families. This project is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Support is provided in the form of a stipend for parents who serve as co-instructors or guest lecturers. Training workshops for participants, networking with others, a library of teaching aids, texts, assessment instruments, and videos are also available.
Parent/faculty co-instructor: If you are interested in participating in a parent/faculty co-instructor team, please click on this application form, complete and send to the address listed at the bottom of the form.
Lecturer: If you are interested in having a parent or other family member lecture in your classroom, please click on this lecturer form, complete and send to the address listed at the bottom of the form PRIOR to the lecture, please.
Course Evaluation Forms: At the completion of each course, parent/faculty teams and students are requested to submit a brief evaluation of their course.
Early Intervention Library
Listed on this link are the Early Intervention Library materials available to North Dakota residents. The library materials may be checked out for 14 days from the date you receive it. The number of items checked out at any one time will be limited to three. To check out these library items, please call (701) 777-4176 and ask to speak with the Parents as Trainers coordinator. We welcome your suggestions regarding additional materials. (PLEASE NOTE: Because items were purchased with North Dakota grant monies, they are available only to North Dakota residents.)
Participants for teaching teams are recruited with an effort to include faculty currently teaching in a variety of early intervention disciplines and parents who have expertise in raising a child with a disability and are able to share their expertise with future professionals. Parents are recruited to represent a variety of experiences, which provide a comprehensive perspective of the priorities of families who have disabilities.
Pre-service Workshop and Course Implementation. An interactive video network training workshop provides parent/faculty teams with the opportunity to collaboratively design curriculum for an early intervention pre-service course, which they will co-instruct. During the duration of the course implementation, parent/faculty teams are contacted periodically to monitor the progress of each class and this project component.
Curriculum Models and Resources. At the completion of each course, parent/faculty teams are provided with forms to submit a brief summary of their course, including objectives, syllabus, student grading requirements, and a description of classroom activities or field experiences that were utilized to incorporate family-centered early intervention strategies into the class. Surveys are also completed by students at the completion of each co-instructed course. This information is compiled and made available for other team members and the funding agency to review. This information also serves as a guideline for future projects of this type and as a resource for training.
Parent Guest Lecturer
It is evident that it is difficult for many parents to commit to serving as a full term co-instructor due to the extensive time requirements. This component of the project is designed to broaden the range of parents who may wish to participate in the project and increase the scope of perspectives and activities made available. Parents share with students/professionals regarding family issues influencing service provision, discuss specific influences of a diagnosis, and are available to answer student's questions.
Lecture evaluation forms are also distributed.
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