Family & Community Collaboration


  2. A. Course Title: Family & Community Collaboration
    B. Course Number: ED 123 - 30014
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M 7:15:00 PM - 8:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Jimenez, Diana
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2824
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    If you would like to meet at a different time, please contact me.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126

    This beginning course examines the involvement of families and communities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in early childhood programs. Ways to establish collaborative relationships with families in early childhood settings are discussed. Families’ goals and desires for their children will be supported through culturally responsive strategies. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Home, School, and Community Collaboration, 4th edition, by Kathy Beth Grant and Julie Ray (978-1-5063-6573-2)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution
    * The Following may be adjusted, if needed, as the semester progresses.

    Discussions (13) 20 points each
    Assignments (11) 100 Points each
    Practice Test (13) 10 Points each
    Test (5) 100 Points each

    All discussions (Discussion part 1 is due every Wednesday at 11:59 P.M), assignments and test are due on Sundays at 11:59 p.M. Mountain Time

    Note: "Late" is defined as not turning in the assignment on the due date. Exceptions to the late policy are dependent upon prior arrangements with the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    This course fulfills one of the New Mexico Junior College's education requirements for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education.

    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Students taking this course should understand various types of family stress, the dynamics of family systems, and community relationships in order to encourage family involvement and community collaboration.

    The student should be able to:

    • Seek and maintain a collaborative relationship with parents, guardians, families, community agencies, and other professionals to meet the needs of each child.

    • Create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for families and community members.

    • Establish frequent contact with parents and guardians through a variety of communication strategies, including communication in the home language of each child to provide ongoing, relevant information to families about child growth, development, and learning.

    • Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for variations across cultures, in terms of family strengths, expectations, values, and childrearing practices.

    • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity and dynamics of family systems.

    • Demonstrate understanding of the effects of family stress on the behavior of children and other family members.

    • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the families’ desires/goals for their children into classroom and/or intervention strategies.

    • Develop partnerships with family members to promote early literacy in the home.

    • Involve families and community members in contributing to the learning environment.

    • Establish partnerships with community members in promoting literacy.

    • Demonstrate ability to communicate to families the program’s policies, procedures, and those procedural safeguards that are mandated by state and federal regulations.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours Monday through Thursday and 48 hours Friday through Sunday.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    The following is a general outline (tentative) and may be adjusted as the semester progresses for holidays and at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the students. 

    Online students see “Modules” in Canvas for specific and up-to-date assignments.




    Week 1

    Introduction to the course

    NMJC Assignments

    Generally, you will follow the following routine each week during the semester (see module):

    ∙         Read and study chapter

    ∙         Discussion - Read and reply to my questions and respond to 2 other classmates (20 points))

    ∙         Practice Tests (10 points)

    ∙         Possible assignment

    ∙         Chapter test as assigned (100 points)


    Introduction to the course:

    ∙         NMJC webpage – Click on Canvas on right

    ∙         Before logging into Canvas, work through the “Canvas Student Orientation) under blank boxes

    ∙         Log-into Canvas

    ∙         Course & Groups🡪click on this course

    ∙         Modules (menu column on left) – Work through the assignments in the following modules:

    o   Course Information

    o   Module Zero

    o   Week 1

    o   Ch.1: Family Engagement and the Responsive Educator

    Week 2

    Ch. 2 –Theories and Models for Family Engagement in Schools 


    Week 3

    Ch. 3 –Supporting Families as They Parent Today’s 


    Week 4

    Review Chapters 1-3

    Test 1 Chapters 1-3

    Week 5

    Ch. 4 – Structurally Diverse Families 


    Week 6

    Ch. 5 – Culturally Diverse Families 

    Test 2 Chapters 4-5

    Week 7


    Ch. 9 - Engaging Families in Their Children’s Learning at School and at Home


    Week 8


    Ch. 10 -Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator 


    Week 9


    CH. 11 - Working With Families of Children With Exceptionalities 

    Test 3 - Chapter 9-11

    Week 10


    Ch. 6 - Students of Families in Transition 


    Week 11


    Ch. 7 –Families Overcoming Obstacles 


    Week 12

    Ch. 8 – Families in Abusive Situations 


    Week 13


    Test 4 - Chapter 6-8

    Week 14

    Ch. 12 –Teacher as a Family Resource and Advocate  


    Week 15

    Ch. 12 – Teacher as a Family Resource and Advocate 


    Week 16

    Ch. 13 Schoolwide Family Engagement Activities: Family Events, Family Resource Center, and Volunteer Programs 


    Week 17

    Finals Week 

    Final Exam - Ch. 12-13 only

    Due: Monday, December 9th, at 11:59 P.M.