Day 1

(18:00 – 20:00)

Welcome to Leiria, Portugal (Organization and hotel check in)

– Participant arrival.
– Registration at the Hotel.
– Presentation of the course, the trainers and participants.
– Getting to know each other.
– Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.

20:00 – Welcome dinner

Day 2

(09:00 – 13:00)

09:00 – Meeting at the Hotel Reception.

– Introduction to the course content and learning outcomes to be acquired.
– The relationship between family and school: guided discussion based on personal experiences and results provided by research (Hattie, J., (2003)) data on characteristics of school-family relationships.
– Conflict as an opportunity for change: the perception of a problem is crucial in order to solve it.
– Activity – group work: discussion on the suitability of using different strategies to work with different family typologies.

13:00 – Lunch

(14:00 – 20:00) – Cultural activities/Study Visits. Full Pack

14:00 – Visit to Fátima Full Pack

16:30 – Visit Monastery of Batalha Full Pack

17:30 – Free time for shopping. Full Pack

20:00 – Dinner at Batalha – Portuguese food and wines. Full Pack

Day 3

(09:00 – 13:00)

– Promoting dialogue with parents. Young people’s behaviour is usually the “mirror” of their family dynamics and cooperation with the parents is an important part of prevention in what concerns preventing early school leaving and promoting school success.
– Understanding and exploring the world of parents.
– Training to differentiate between teacher role and parent role.

13:00 – Lunch

(14:00 – 17:00) – Cultural activities/Study Visits

14:00 – Reception in City Council of Leiria.

15:00 – Visit to the Castle of Leiria.

16:00 – Visit to museum MIMO.

Day 4

(09:00 – 13:00)

– Elements in the school-family relationship: Factors to be taken into consideration when developing collaborative relationships between teachers and families.
– Active listening as development strategy: active listening as fundamental tool to bring diverse opinions and approaches closer. Personal self-assessment and strategies on how to improve it.
– SWOT Analysis: Advantages, Disadvantages, Risks and Opportunities of cooperation school-family.
– Activity – Role-play: My student’s parents come to school to discuss a problem with me, how should I lead the meeting?

13:00 – Lunch

(14:00 – 20:00) – Cultural activities/Study Visits. Full Pack

14:00 – Visit to the beach Praia do Norte Full Pack

16:00Free time in Nazaré town Full Pack

20:00 – Dinner (beachfront) Full Pack

Day 5

(09:00 – 13:00)

– Promoting involvement: group reflection on the results of studies about main reasons that make the involvement of families difficult
– Exchange of experiences: sharing best strategies and learning from each other.
– Strategies to encourage participation: presentation of ideas and strategies to encourage participation.
– Activity – Group work: creating a notebook of experiences

13:00 – Lunch

Day 6

(09:00 – 13:00)

– Presentation of some parental training programs.
– Different age groups, different programs.
– Reflection on the implementation of parental training with regular character in the school context.
– Evaluating the experience of taking part in a parental training program.
– Discussing the strong and the weak points of the program.

13:00 – Lunch

(14:00 – 16:00)

– Group work: creation of a brochure of good practices that can be used in a school and, in particular, by a teacher in order to improve joint work with families, including proposals, techniques and tools to implement, as well as the link to a program of parental training in school context.
– Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
– Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

20:00 – Farewell Dinner

Day 7

(10:00 – 13:00)

– Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow up activities.
– Dissemination Strategies.
– Course roundup and final evaluation.
– Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony.
– Participants departure.