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Engaging Families through Culturally Competent, Authentic Communication

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

engaging families

Presented by Johnna Darragh Ernst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Early Childhood Education
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company


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Dr. Ernst explored culturally competent, authentic communication skills and strategies designed to engage families. She demonstrated the relationship between family engagement and positive child outcomes. Learn how to build foundational practices supporting authentic communication, such as mindfulness, active listening, developing accurate perceptions, and developing a clean-slate perspective. Practical examples, applied strategies, and tools supporting integration and application within early childhood settings were provided as well as an exploration of existing schemas and social identities and their impact on communication and cultural competence.

Viewers will gain important information in each of the following areas:

  • Knowledge and strategies for applying basic communication skills including being mindful in communication, applying active listening skills, developing accurate perceptions, and utilizing a clean-slate perspective
  • Knowledge of themselves as communicators and the relationship between existing skills and strategies and cultural competence
  • The relationship between existing schemas and social identities and how these influence communication and cultural competence

This special professional development webinar is focused on helping practitioners working with families of young children, ages birth through eight, in early childhood settings.



Johnna Darragh Ernst

Johnna Darragh Ernst, Ph.D. is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Heartland Community College. She is the author of numerous articles and two books; including the The Welcoming Classroom: Building Strong Home-to-School Connections for Early Learners. She is involved in workforce development public policy work in Illinois, and serves on several state and national committees. Her work focuses extensively on inclusion and cultural competence.






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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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