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Course Date(s):

Thursday, March 28, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Plus approx. 4 hours of additional independent work

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at noon


Online Facilitated




6 PDPs

Grad Credit:



$70 TEC members / $80 Non-TEC


Online | Facilitated


All PreK-12 Educators

Communicating with Families: An actionable best practice

Participants will use the DESE Educator Evaluation tool Standards for Effective Teaching as a lens to examine, refine and refresh important elements of their own teaching related to ways in which they positively and productively communicate with families of their students (Standard III). Families are allies and partners in the business of educating our young people.

Essential Questions: 

How often do teachers need to communicate with families?

What are families most interested in learning from teachers? 

What are the most effective and culturally responsive ways to communicate?

Why are “happy calls” to families important?

How can teachers affirm and value families’ diverse experiences to contribute to the class culture?

To take this workshop and 4 others for one graduate credit and at a reduced price, go to Actionable Best Practices: Examine your practice through the lens of DESE educators’ evaluation standards.

About the Instructor

Iolanda Volpe is a former high school teacher, World Language Department Chair, and most recently, a Pre-K-12 Mentoring and Induction Program facilitator. Her career in the Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle High School includes teaching the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and managing a department of sixteen educators who taught French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. She worked closely with her school-wide colleagues as a teacher evaluator  and encouraged collaboration and reflection on best practices. Iolanda also led the co-writing of the curriculum for a new district-wide K-5 Spanish Language Program and mentored the teachers who were new to the profession or new to teaching a world language. Iolanda was the coordinator of this successful proficiency-based program, which is now in its 7th year. 

She continues to be passionate about learning at all stages of life and advocates for ongoing, relevant professional development that supports teachers to positively impact student learning and well-being.

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