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Parental Sessions

Embracing Diversity

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS24
What Parents need to know about LGBTIQ Issues in Schools
Parents/ Guardians
The session provides an overview of terminology and key concepts related to LGBTIQ identities. It also explores questions that children may ask about LGBTIQ issues and how parents can respond in an age appropriate manner. The session also addresses key concerns and misconceptions that parents may have about LGBTIQ issues.
PSS44
How to Talk to my Child about LGBTIQ Issues
Parents/ Guardians
The session provides an overview of terminology and key concepts related to LBTIQ identities. It presents research into the experiences of LGBTIQ students in schools and Malta’s legal and policy framework related to diversity and inclusion in education. The session also touches on questions that children may ask about LGBTIQ issues.
PSS45
Global Kids. Skills and Competencies needed to help our Kids to become Global Citizens
Parents/ Guardians
The session aims at addressing the challenges faced in parenting and educating kids in a multicultural society: how to create inclusive classes, schools and societies, how to prevent the development of reactive identities and extremism, how to deal with cultural shock, how to handle a clash of values, how to address difficult, sensitive and controversial discussions like racism, islamophobia, extremist views, how to identify the needs of the kids related to language and culture. These will be some of the topics that will be discussed and addressed during the session, proving tools and strategies and best practices from around the world.
PSS17
Developing Intercultural Communication Capabilities
Parents/ Guardians
The module aims at providing participants with an introduction to intercultural communication capabilities and cultural intelligence. It will explore critical cultural theoretical frameworks, and the role and importance of interpersonal relations and communication in our schools nowadays with pupils and students coming all over the world The module will help participants to identify intercultural challenges in multicultural schools strategies and tools to face and overcome them creating inclusive schools and classrooms.

Literacy

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS01
Language Development in the Early Years
Parents/ Guardians
This session will offer an overview of developmental stages in typical development between birth and 5 years; it will briefly discuss bi/multilingualism; and practical ways in which parents, caregivers, child carers and early years educators can promote language development.
PSS52
The Importance of Play for Language and Educational Development
Parents/ Guardians
This session will outline the crucial role of play for language development; it will outline the relationship between language success and educational success; it will suggest appropriate toys and play for different language levels between birth and 5 years. Appropriate for parents, caregivers, child carers and early years educators.
PSS68
Supporting your Child in Literacy Development
Parents/ Guardians
This session aims to provide parents with awareness of children's literacy development, ways of how to monitor their child's progress and different support strategies that encourage their child to develop language skills. Various ways of how parents can support their child's literacy progress and their involvement are discussed.

Nurturing Positive Attitudes In Schools

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS43
Using Positive Behaviour Strategies with Young Children (Ages 3 - 10)
Parents/ Guardians
This course will cover the following points: Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour in young children. How we as educators/parents can use de-escalation techniques when dealing with challenging behavior so as to minimize misbehavior as much as possible. Practical examples of de-escalation techniques will be given. How to formulate effective behaviour modification plans (BMPS). BMPS should include reinforcers that help in reinforcing positive bebaviour and consequences (not punishments) to reduce unwanted behaviour. Positive collaboration between home, school and other professionals/entities. Using other resources and practical strategies to encourage positive behaviour. Resources will also be shared with the participants.
PSS56
Using Positive Behaviour Strategies with Adolescents (Ages 11 - 16)
Parents/ Guardians
This course will cover the following points: Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour in adolescents. How we as educators/parents can use de-escalation techniques when dealing with challenging behavior so as to minimize misbehavior as much as possible. Practical examples of de-escalation techniques will be given. How to formulate effective behaviour modification plans (BMPS). BMPS should include reinforcers that help in reinforcing positive bebaviour and consequences (not punishments) to reduce unwanted behaviour. Using other resources and practical strategies to encourage positive behaviour. Resources will also be shared with the participants. Positive collaboration between home, school and other professionals/entities.

Parental Involvement

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS05
Supporting your Child to become an Independent Learner
Parents/ Guardians
This workshop will teach parents what kind of support hinders and what kind of support promotes learning. Parents will be introduced to the concept of independent learning and how this can be achieved even at an early age. The workshop will also discuss how to identify a child's learning style and how to use a child's learning style to promote independent learning. Homework and study strategies will also be discussed.
PSS26
Together Everyone Achieves More
Parents/ Guardians
This training will seek to explore different ways of how to thrive in the education context, focusing on the communication aspect. Through discussions among the various stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, SMT) it will give the participants various perspectives of how to engage more with the other, in order to be more successful both in the educational set-up and at home.
PSS29
Effective Home-School Partnership
Parents/ Guardians
1. How to establish good home partnership. 2. Ways how school and parents can work together. 3. How can you engage with parents. 4. The importance of home and school relationships. 5. The skills needed and resources to help at school. 6.Collaboration learning environment. 7.The importance of Parent/ teacher relationship. 8. Partnership school. 9. What can parents do. 10.The importance of partnership and education. 11.How to increase parent involvement.
PSS27
Parents as Collaborators in our Children's Education
Parents/ Guardians
Education of our children is the responsibility of teachers, parents and other stakeholders. Research shows that when parents have a more collaborative approach with education professionals, this makes a difference in the success of their education. It also enhances motivation in students and are more open to learning.
PSS67
The Footballer Parent/Guardian
Parents/ Guardians
The intention of this course is to broaden football education to all stakeholders. As coaches and players are more educated about the game, the parent/guardian, as an important stakeholder, needs to develop more competences to support their child’s development. Parents/guardians have a very strong influence on their children, and they need to be sustaining further development and not stifling their growth. These competences will generate a more educated parent/guardian who in turn allows the child to develop in a more stable environment.

Supporting Students In Their Individual Educational Needs

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS07
Facilitating Learning for the Child who is on the Autism Spectrum
Parents/ Guardians
This session features the cognitive profile of individuals with autism; understanding behaviours related to social communication and repetitive behaviour; and strategies which may facilitate the learning of children on the autism spectrum.
PSS32
Facilitating Learning for the Youth who is on the Autism Spectrum
Parents/ Guardians
This session features the cognitive profile of individuals with autism; understanding behaviours related to social communication and repetitive behaviour; and strategies which may facilitate the learning of children on the autism spectrum.
PSS53
Learning more about your Child's Additional Needs and Ways you can Support.
Parents/ Guardians
This workshop will help parents understand how a child's additional needs might be impacting their learning and behavior. The workshop will also tackle useful strategies parents can use in order to support their child/student in their educational journey.
PSS66
Autism - Myths and Facts about Autism
Parents/ Guardians
This session will offer you evidence-based information about autism. We will discuss what autism really is and contrast this with common myths and misconceptions about autism. You will be provided with simple strategies to support children with autism.

Well-Being

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS61
Addressing Children's Needs
Parents/ Guardians
Children have different needs particularly during different stages in their lives and these needs are fulfilled when their rights are guaranteed. This session aims to create awareness about how adults can ensure that children’s needs are satisfied and how children can be supported to reach their full potential.
PSS62
Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Children
Parents/ Guardians
Children should be brought up in an environment where they feel loved and respected. It is the duty of all adults to contribute to a child’s positive growth and development. This session aims to create a better understanding of how parents/guardians and professionals can maintain healthy relationships with children and therefore contribute to their positive upbringing.
PSS63
Ensuring Children's Safety Online
Parents/ Guardians
Technology provides many opportunities for children and young people however, when using technology, children may be exposed to various risks. The aim of this session is to create a greater understanding of the risks that children may be exposed to as well as to identify ways to empower children and young people to use technology wisely and safely.

Methodology In The Classroom

Code Title Target Audience Brief Description
PSS64
Encouraging Communication Development
Parents/ Guardians
During this session, we will discuss simple strategies and activities that can be incorporated into your daily routines to enhance and encourage the development of communication. The content presented is mostly applicable to parents/educators of children under 5 years.
PSS65
Social stories
Parents/ Guardians
During this session, we will discuss the use of social stories, who can benefit from them, and why. You will also be provided with guidelines on how to write social stories and how to implement them.
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