Finding Your Voice Around What Matters: Successful Conversations Parent-Teacher Conversations and Advocacy

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Registration open through 2/26/2020 6:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Student achievement and success increase when parents are welcomed and respected as partners, and given the support they need. They make our schools better places to learn, grow and thrive. As school staff and parents or caregivers, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what language is best for when we do speak? Jennifer Abrams author of Having Hard Conversations, is here to discuss interpersonal communication and advocacy- to reduce frustration and increase favorable results. This presentation will provide participants with action plans and scripting tools for having those necessary humane and growth producing conversations to benefit students of all ages.

Participants will:

*Identify why they hesitate having hard conversations
*Choose questions to ask themselves before they choose to speak up in order to do so more humanely
*Articulate in productive language the challenges they are facing
*Determine the goals of the conversation and write an action plan of support
*Script the conversation avoiding trigger words that put others on the defensive
*Discover some helpful tips for the wheres and whens and hows of having productive yet challenging conversations


Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach in Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant and author who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

 Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and the newest book, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

 Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.  More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website,, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Credit: Hours - 1.5


Free of charge.

Glenbard East High School

1014 S Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148

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About Us

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.

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