Meeting the Need: Rural Parent Preferences for School-Based Trainings

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. plan future family outreach efforts in their schools and institutions.
  2. understand the perceived barriers families face regarding access to school led supports.
  3. evaluate their own family–school engagement related activities at their schools.


Schools may use parent trainings or opportunities for learning and development that help families to better understand or support their child as a method to encourage family–school partnerships. However, in highly controlled clinical and university settings, it has been found that getting parents to enroll and engage in such programs can be difficult. The current study seeks to investigate topics and settings families would be interested in for school-based training in a rural context.



MacKenzie D. Sidwell, Western Illinois University
Leah J. Arnold, Western Illinois University
Kiley S. Vinyard, Western Illinois University


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