APA Division 16 (School Psychology) is pleased to announce a special webinar, entitled “Family-School Partnerships: Evidence-Based Foundations and an Exemplar for Practice,” which will be held Friday, Dec 9th from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The event will feature Susan Sheridan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Amanda Witte (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and will be moderated by Stacy-Ann January (University of South Carolina). The event is free to members and non-members alike, though only Division 16 members will be eligible for CE credits.

About the Event:

Family-school partnerships are increasingly recognized as essential for promoting students’ educational success and social-emotional health. School psychologists and other providers are uniquely positioned to support the development of relationships and partnerships between families and schools. This webinar will provide a research-based presentation on family-school partnerships, with emphasis on their empirical support, integration into school-based services, and structural and relational elements. One partnership intervention with extensive empirical support (i.e., conjoint behavioral consultation, now also known as “Teachers and Parents as Partners” or TAPP) will be presented with information on the availability of specialized training and certification.

Upon participation in and completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define family-school partnerships and their distinction from other forms of parent involvement in education.
  2. Explain some empirical findings from studies evaluating the efficacy of family-school partnerships on student outcomes.
  3. Discuss a multi-tiered framework for partnering with families, including universal and individualized approaches.
  4. Describe an evidence-based family-school partnership intervention known traditionally as conjoint behavioral consultation (now also known as “Teachers and Parents as Partners” or TAPP).

About the Presenters

Susan Sheridan is a professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has conducted research on family-school partnerships for 25 years, including several large-scale, federally-funded efficacy studies. She is the 2015 recipient of Division 16’s Senior Scientist Award, and has interests in partnerships, social-behavioral skills, and early childhood.

Amanda Witte earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the project manager for Learning Frontiers: PreK to Grade 3, investigating factors that promote early learning. With interests in partnerships, early intervention and rural education, she also leads a project for family-school partnership training for rural educators.

About CE Credits

This webinar carries the opportunity of earning 1 CE credit. The Dept. of Psychology, University of Nebraska -Lincoln, is an approved sponsor of continuing education for psychologists. Division 16 and The Dept. of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln maintain responsibility for this program and its content.