Below is the summary of feedback from Victoria and Fort Worth, Tx. ISD staff that have taken courses.
What aspects of this course were most useful or valuable?
Below are some of the responses.
The course was very informative.
Reminding the best practices in communicating with parents. I liked how Mr. Thompson gave insight into improving communication with the students and how to peak their interest in school. We can apply these techniques by remembering that the student's experiences in school are different; we must allow them to feel welcomed at the school. Giving examples of the different attendance letters was beneficial.
I enjoyed the course very much. I particularly liked the sections concerning different cultural communication skills, how to address truancy with the students and parents, and the attendance letters different examples.
all were very useful and valuable
The knowledge of the topic.
Knowledge of working with students and families
Knowledge of being able to mediate between school, parents, and students
Learning the laws and rules to identify Truancy. Also, to help students and parents with truancy issues.
Learning the laws and rules for truancy. Also, being able to assist schools, parents, and students with truant conduct.
The overall information.
The depth of information explaining the Truancy Law and how to meditate with all interested parties. This course allows you to be introspective and aware of self-biases; furthermore, it reminded me of what important values of mediation are required. I was reminded of the "why" of my role as an Attendance Officer. It took me back to the basics of my job and enhanced my knowledge of Truancy Mediation.
The printable pdfs
The whole course was very interesting and useful.
Learning about the different types of mediation and realizing that for best results having the students identify the barriers they face regarding absences and coming up with the solutions will reap the best results. Love that!
The most valuable aspect is to be patient with both parties and remain neutral to mediate any conflicts that arise in any situation.
The most valuable aspect is to learn to be neutral while mediating between parent and student.
How to handle students and families coming up with a truancy plan.
Examples of open communication.
Although the PDFs were very useful, the videos was great to watch.
How to approach the parents with truancy without offending anybody.
Types of mediations
How would you improve this course?
The course was easily flowing and easy to read. It kept my interest.
The course was easy to read and follow. Please review for some grammatical errors.
The course was easy flowing to read.
I would look for grammatical errors. Other than that, I have no improvements to report.
I am dyslexic, and I would have loved to have the reading sections with the option for it to be read to me. I struggled with the reading sections and the quizzes because of this.
Overall, It was good.
By providing the printable materials upfront.
Provide copy of the materials
Not a thing
The course is well organized and explained. It is always room for improvement. However, this course does not need any improvement.
It is always room for improvement, but this course is well-organized and informative.
Include more information about Truancy Mediation Specifically and less about Mediation in general.
More quizzes to check for understanding. More videos that go over and give examples of the different types of Mediation.
In Person Training and instructor-led training.
It was very detailed, and I am concerned about getting the parents involved with the truancy issues.
Make it an in-person class instead of online training.
At the moment, I don't see any need for improvement.
At the moment, I don't see anything to improve.