Building Strong Parent Relationships, Part 1
Teamwork is a vital component for success in most areas of life. When preschool teachers work together with parents, they do a better job helping children reach essential development goals. The Bible has much to say about developing strong partnerships with others. For example, Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 says, “Two are better than one . . . For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow [partner of friend]: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” As this verse points out, more is accomplished when people work together to achieve a common goal. This course will increase your understanding of the types of family structures and parenting styles. In addition, you will learn a number of ways to communicate effectively with parents, including how to conduct a structured parent-teacher conference.

Dr. Charles Walker About the Instructor:

Dr. Charles Walker is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools. He also serves as the President of Take Tenn Publications. For 22 years, Dr. Walker served as the editor of the Journal for Christian Educators. He has authored several staff development manuals, school improvement materials, and is the co-author of Study Right, a popular study skills curriculum written for Christian school students in grades 4-12. He has written numerous educational articles for national and state Christian association publications. A well-respected educator in the educational community, he currently serves as the chair of the Advisory Council for Non-Public Schools to the Tennessee State Commissioner of Education.

Dr. Walker began his professional career in 1963 as a junior high and senior high school science teacher. Afterwards, he served as a principal and superintendent at three Oklahoma public schools and then as the principal of Trinity Christian School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He assumed the position of Executive Director of Tennessee Association of Christian Schools in 1977. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Teaching degree from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a Professional Certificate in Educational Administration from The University of Oklahoma. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Pensacola Christian College and Midwestern Baptist College.