Facilitated by: Michelann Parr, PhD, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University


All communication with children, with families, and with each other should be navigated through a courageous conversation compass that emphasizes a process of believing, feeling, thinking, planning, and acting.

In this session, participants will explore the nature of engaging in courageous conversations with families. We will consider a model for communication with families that builds social and communication capital and discover how building that capital through ongoing communication bolsters our ability to have the more difficult and challenging conversations when they arise.


We will position communication as a three-way interaction between child, family, and Educator, emphasizing relationship as a foundation of effective communication.


Picture books will be highlighted as a natural and non-confrontational way to open communication channels and we will reflect upon communication patterns we would like to set aside, and relational ways of being we would like to commit to.


This session will take a strengths-based approach that begins where we are and builds upon the best of what we already do.



Michelann Parr is professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. She currently teaches in the PhD program. Primary research interests include narrative forms of inquiry, identity as lifework, sustainability as relationship with self, other, and all our relations, and family engagement through community partnerships. She has recently taken a deep dive into the pedagogy of care and what that looks like, sounds like, and feels like in higher education, particularly in online environments.





Tuesday, July 12th
via ZOOM

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