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August 22, 2007

Learning to Be a Citizen Professional

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Practicing Parent Educators,

Here is a special topic course for Fall 2007 that may interest you. Please take a moment to read about and consider enrolling for this exciting course. If you are interested, the registration process is described below the course description.


Sec 005 — Introduction to Community Engaged Parent Education: Learning to Be a Citizen Professional

Registration #: 55676 1 Credit
Instructor: Beth Cutting

Saturday, Sept 15, 2007 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Sept 22, 2007 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Course Description:

Students (practicing parent educators) will critically examine the philosophy of community engaged parent education and the concept of citizen professional. Parent educators will acquire and practice skills for developing parents' capacity for citizen deliberation on public issues related to children's well-being. Teaching strategies will be introduced which explore the complexities, diversity, and opposing viewpoints on parenting topics through inquiry, critique, and reflection. The course will include small group work, large group discussion, guest speakers, cooperative learning, and a website for state-wide connections around community engaged parenting issues.

Course Objectives:

Students will . . .

- Comprehend the philosophy and theories that form the
foundations of community engaged parent education

- Apply teaching strategies and group facilitation
techniques to include citizen conversations in parent
education discussions

- Develop a plan for application of community engaged
parent education teaching methods in the context of
their own professional practice

About the Instructor:

Beth Cutting received her M.A. at the University of MN in 1987. She has written several parent education curricula and has been a practicing parent educator for 30 years. She was a co-founder of the Community Engaged Parent Education program, which has received funding from the McKnight Foundation to mentor ECFE parent educators in the skills for developing parents’ capacity for citizen deliberation and civic action related to children’s well-being.


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 welcome and encouraged to enroll for this 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 8.1 from:


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2007-2008 Reciprocity Information:


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

Please feel free to share this information with individuals you think may be interested. If you need any assistance or additional information, please contact me.


Chris A. Buzzetta
Parent Education Licensure Advisor
Ph.D. Candidate
Family, Youth, and Community
235 Peik Hall
159 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-4301
(612) 624-1294
(612) 624-8277 FAX