NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Dealing With Difficult Parents

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca

Grading: Graded

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $365

Class Offered Through Teachers Learning Center

Course Description:

This course explores the dynamics of today’s difficult parents who may challenge schools or teachers.  Analyzing the cause of combative parents such as poverty, affluence and family system dynamics help educators understand these parents. Ways of dealing with and communicating with difficult parents are presented. Strategies for teachers and school personnel to prevent conflict with parents and handling difficult situations are discussed. Presenting bad news to parents as well as increasing parent involvement is also addressed.  Educators will research this issue and write an application essay or project activity that addresses difficult parents in schools. 


1.  Educators will review the historical dynamics of today’s parent and their relationship to schools, how that has changed and how to handle parenting situations that may arise.

2.  Teachers will be presented with a variety of strategies to communication and cultivating relationships with parents as well as being proactive to avoid potential problems that may arise in difficult situations.  

3.  Educators will examine ways of presenting bad news or other student deficiencies to parents in a manner that is none threatening and yet is consistent with school policy. 

4.  Teachers will explore the curriculums focus and how teachers, principal, students, and parents all contribute to the harmony of a positive school experience for students. 

5.  Educators will then research this topic and parent involvement in monitoring student responsibilities such as homework as well as parent involvement in school activities.


Dealing with Difficult Parents and Parents in Difficult Situations by Todd Whitaker. (2001). New York: Eye on Education. 193 pages

About The Instructor

Joseph C'de Baca
Joseph C'de Baca

Joseph C'de Baca earned his M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix, Denver, CO in Educational Administration. He earned his BA in Industrial Technology from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Joseph is a former Social Studies and Industrial Technology teacher for 15 years.



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