Parents as Partners: The What, Why, and How of Designing an Effective Parent Orientation Program

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Event Date/Time: Feb 18, 2009 End Date/Time: Feb 18, 2009
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Parents as Partners: The What, Why, and How of Designing an Effective Parent Orientation Program 18 February 2009 Online webinar Whether your institution already has an existing parent orientation program or would like to create one, this session will provide a practical guide for taking your parent orientation program to the next level. Participants will learn about the benefits of effective parent orientation programming, how to assess parent and institutional needs, how program structure can enhance learning, and techniques for assessing program effectiveness. This "how-to" session will guide you through the process of proposing, creating, implementing, and assessing an orientation program for parents of new students. Program participants will: *Learn more about the short and long-term benefits of parent orientation for both parents and the institution; *Learn how to conduct a needs-assessment that takes both parent and institutional needs into consideration; *Learn how to develop measurable learning objectives for parent programming; *Consider the structure and organization of an on-campus parent orientation program and be provided with sample parent orientation schedules; *Discuss methods of program assessment and evaluation; *Have the opportunity to discuss institutional specific concerns. SPEAKER: Katie Granholm coordinates parent orientation programs for parents of freshmen and transfer students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Each year, over 4,000 parents attend orientation programming at the U of M. Katie serves on the board of directors for the National Orientation Directors Association and has presented on topics related to parent orientation at numerous regional and national conferences. She holds an M.S. in Ed. from Illinois State University. Enquiries: