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December 20, 2006

Parent and Family Education: From Face-To-Face to Online Delivery

The following link is to a Power Point presentation on "Parent and Family Education: From Face-To-Face to Online Delivery" presented at the December 1, 2006 Minnesota Council on Family Relations Annual Conference on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota by Michael Jerpbak, recent Family Education Ph.D. graduate, and Betty Cooke, Family Education Faculty.

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For further information, contact Mike at jerp0001@umn.edu or Betty at cooke047@umn.edu.

December 18, 2006

Creating Curriculum from Community Settings

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CI 5900 Special Topics in Family, Youth, and Community

Creating Curriculum from
Community Settings

Spring 2007


3 Credit Registration #: 67748

Instructor: Robert Shumer

335 Peik Hall, Minneapolis Campus

Tuesdays 4:40 pm to 7:20 pm

Dr. Shumer received his Ph.D from UCLA in a field related to experiential learning and has been conducting research and evaluation for the past 15 years on topics related to connections between academic institutions and community based learning opportunities. He has published more than 70 items on related topics. This topic specifically relates to translating experiential learning theory into practice that is consistent with current curriculum practice.

Course Description:

Most curricula are created from taxonomies that correspond to course objectives or disciplinary standards. Curriculum objectives and course materials are often developed before the course begins and students arrive. In this course, you will learn how to reverse the process – create curriculum based on experiences grounded in community settings. In a process based on the teachings of John Dewey and other experiential educators, curriculum will be developed based on what students do in community settings, not anything based on predetermined instructional strategies. Developing such curriculum is based on a thorough knowledge of curricular requirements of all disciplines and on the ability to transfer academic questions into substantive learning designs. All experiential and community youth programs require such knowledge and skill in order to make them truly responsive to the needs of agencies, organizations, and youth who participate in programs that connect with communities.


Registration Information:

If you are already admitted as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student at the University of Minnesota, you can register by going to:


Non-University students are also welcome and are encouraged to enroll for some of these courses. Please complete the enrollment packet* (2 forms) found at:


*You will need Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to open these PDF documents. You can download a free copy of Acrobat Reader 8.0 from:


For Information on Tuition and Fees:


The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For more information, contact Chris Buzzetta at (612) 624-1294 or buzze001@umn.edu. This information subject to change without notice. For updated information, please check http://www.onestop.umn.edu

December 11, 2006

Grief, Loss, Shattered Dreams, and Family Education

CI 5900 Special Topics in Family, Youth, and Community

Spring 2007

1 Credit Registration #: 65157

Instructor: Ted Bowman

315 Peik Hall, Minneapolis Campus

Course is taught over two Saturdays:

Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday, Mar 10, 2007 9:00 am-4:30 pm


Ted Bowman has been regularly teaching for family education since 1981. For years, he also worked in family service agencies providing services directly to families and indirectly through training and consultation. He now operates an internationally recognized independent practice specializing in change, transition, grief, loss, and group leadership.

Course Description:

Families can face many challenges including grief and loss. It is important for professionals who work with families to be able to address these important issues. In this applied class, participants will explore:

- A framework for understanding and clarifying losses

- Steps which can be appropriately taken in the parent and family education settings

- Alternative steps to take when referral is warranted.

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