March 8, 2010

Online Parent Education Certificate

Check out the new online parent education postcard.


Download a copy of the OnlineParentEdPostcard.pdf

December 18, 2009

Spring 2010 elective seeks meanings in family life


Learn to facilitate "learning circles" in spring 2010


September 11, 2009

Yvonne Gentzler helps Goldy Gopher get smart

Yvonne GentzlerAssociate professor Yvonne Gentzler, Ph.D., (Curriculum and Instruction) helps Goldy Gopher learn to do laundry and manage his time. See Goldy learn new skills in the videos at the links below.

Goldy's laundry dilemma Goldy Gopher suffers from a lack of laundry knowledge. Can he wash maroon and gold together? Will a Badger shirt ruin his other clothing? Good thing U of MN Family Education Professor Yvonne Gentzler is there to lend a helping hand! Take a look might even pick up a few tips yourself!

Goldy Gopher

Goldy learns time management skills Poor Goldy Gopher much to do and so little time to do it! There are football games at the new TCF Bank Stadium, classes to attend, events with alumni ...he's one busy rodent! Fortunately for Goldy, U of MN Family Education Professor Yvonne Gentzler knows a thing or two about how college students can better manage their time as they head back to school.

May 5, 2009

M.Ed. Student Profile: Tiffany Wilson-Worsley

April 27, 2009

Ph.D. Student Profile: Heeran Kim

Heeran KimHeeran Kim is completing her first year as a doctoral student in the family, youth, and community track with a focus in family education. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her B.A. in educational psychology and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Sookmyung Women's University. She has worked with children and their families with diverse backgrounds including low income families and people living in suburban areas of Korea. She is interested in family and parent education for minority people such as families and parents with ethnic diversity, lower socioeconomic status, and single parents. Her research interests include family resilience and multicultural education. After completing her Ph.D., she intends to return to Korea to pursue professional goals. One of her goals is to teach students in academic settings and the other is to work as a practitioner (or an activist) in educational organizations serving families and parents.

April 22, 2009

Summer topic: Parenting after an unexpected outcome of pregnancy

This course provides an interdisciplinary model of understanding the parent-infant relationship, beginning in pregnancy, from a developmental perspective.

Content examines the prenatal parent-infant relationship using attachment based theory, with special emphasis on how the developmental tasks of pregnancy and parenting are changed when there is an unexpected outcome such as premature birth, special needs, infant loss and the pregnancy that follows and adoption.

The role of fathers and their involvement will be addressed and emphasized. Additionally, how unexpected outcomes impact siblings, often forgotten in the trauma of an unexpected outcome, will be covered. Interventions useful in a variety of settings (health care, preschool program, church, social agency) will be explored.

Students should be prepared to explore their own belief systems around grief and loss.

Download flyer (pdf)


Instructor: Joann O'Leary, Ph.D.
Class will be held 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Wednesday, June 3
Monday, June 8
Room 215 Peik Hall

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April 17, 2009

Deb Roberts receives advanced study scholarship

RobertsD.jpgFamily Education M.Ed. professional studies and parent and family education licensure student Deborah S. Roberts has been awarded an advanced study student scholarship from the College's alumni society in recognition of her academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development. The award was presented to Roberts on Friday, April 17 at the CEHD Alumni Society awards celebration. A reception followed the ceremony.

April 5, 2009

Dissertation leads to work with local Hmong community members

Melissa Shamblott, Ph.D., is a Family Education alumna whose doctoral dissertation was of interest to Hmong leaders and researchers at the University of Minnesota working to increase school readiness of children in "family, friend, and neighbor care" [video length: 4 minutes 11 seconds].

April 3, 2009

CI 5900—Using Reflective Dialogue in Parent Education

Graduate student Heather Cline introduces a new 1-credit special topic course offered Summer Session 2009, "Using Reflective Dialogue Videos and Teaching Methods in Parent Education."

Dates: Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Location: Room 28, Peik Hall.
Register now for Summer Session

March 31, 2009

CI 5937—Parent Child Interaction

Betty Cooke, Ph.D., teaches CI 5937—Parent Child Interaction, a 3-credit course delivered online in 13 weekly modules. The course will next be offered Fall Semester 2009. Cooke discusses the nature of online learning in the course, reviews course goals and objectives, and describes who will benefit from the course content in a series of short video introductions to the course.

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Course goals and objectives (72 sec.)
Who benefits from the course? (31 sec.)

Register now for fall (registration begins April 9)

March 11, 2009

CI 5946—Assessment and Evaluation in Parent Education

CI 5946 is a 2-credit online offering taught in 8 weekly modules March 26-May 20, 2009. The course focuses on assessment and evaluation in parent education. Dr. Susan Walker, the instructor, has provided an online introduction to the course for you in several segments, listed below. Watch each of the following short videos for an good introduction to this course. Please register for this course by March 26, 2009.

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Why Take CI 5946? (50 sec.)
Dr. Susan Walker, instructor (59 seconds)
CI 5946 textbook (1 min. 23 sec.)
CI 5946 assignments (1 min. 23 sec.)

February 9, 2009

Cooke receives MnAEYC award

Dr. Betty Cooke Betty Cooke, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (family, youth, and community), received the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children's Evelyn House Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of early childhood and family education and to MnAEYC. The award was presented to Cooke on February 6, 2009 by MnAEYC co-president Angele Sancho Passe at the Annual Conference of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School Age Care Alliance (MnSACA). The theme of this year’s Annual Conference was "Partnering for Minnesota’s Children."

January 30, 2009

Heather Cline chairs student section of MCFR

Heather Cline

Heather Cline is the chair of the very active Student Section of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations, which draws students from Family Education and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota along with undergraduate and graduate students from other Minnesota colleges and universities that offer family studies program. One of the highlights of their year was the creation of a mentorship program matching professionals with students to promote engagement between current and future professionals focuses on families. If you are interested in serving as a student mentor, please contact Heather at The Student Section also initiated a student poster session at the fall conference, which provides students with an opportunity to present their research or practitioner-focused work.

MCFR Connections

The Minnesota Council on Family Relations (MCFR) is one of the most active affiliates of NCFR in the country. Betty Cooke has just completed a year serving a president of MCFR during 2008. Among the many activities of this group is the sponsorship of two professional development state conferences in which cutting edge research related to families is brought to Minnesota family professionals. The spring conference, co-sponsored with and held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, focused on "Nature, Children and Families: A Necessary Connection," and the fall conference with nationally known keynoter Stephanie Coontz, focused on :"Contemporary Families: Formation, Function and the Future."