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Release: Sept. 9, 2002

Registration opens for weekend parent/educator workshops

Five weekend workshops focusing on various topics of interest to parents, teachers, and other education professionals will be offered during the fall semester by The University of Iowa College of Education in cooperation with the Center for Credit Programs. Some workshops will be of particular interest to teachers while others present an opportunity for parents and teachers to learn together about improved communication and collaboration.

"Technology and Media Selection for Learning" will be taught by Kathy Schuh from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Participants will gain an understanding of when to select particular forms of media and technology as learning tools along with the advantages different types of media. This workshop requires completion of a follow-up assignment.

Richard Dustin and Stewart Ehly will conduct two parent-teacher communication workshops in October. "Preparing for Success" will meet 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Participants will review theories of interpersonal communication and consider techniques for better conveying thoughts and emotions. "Building a Partnership" meets on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Dustin and Ehly will discuss communication and collaboration techniques.

"Multicultural Issues in Psychology and Education" will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Will Liu will present an overview of multicultural issues in counseling and educational environments including racism, immigration patterns, gender socialization, and history. Gender issues relative to boys, men, and masculinity will be areas of particular focus. This workshop will be repeated November 15-16.

Interested parties may register for any number of the workshops. Each workshop awards one semester-hour of graduate credit and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. People without a bachelor’s degree should phone the Center for Credit Programs to inquire about registration. Those who register for undergraduate credit will be graded pass/nonpass.

For more information or to register, phone the Center for Credit Programs, toll-free, at 1-800-272-6430.