Teaching Family Policy in College Classrooms

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May 21, 2015


For this webinar, Elaine A. Anderson, Ph.D., Karen Bogenschneider, Ph.D., and Tammy L. Henderson, Ph.D. CFLE, will present their standing-room-only session on teaching family policy from the 2014 NCFR Annual Conference.

This webinar is planned to jumpstart an exchange of ideas among instructors who teach family policy on college campuses. It will feature presentations from each of our three presenters — all seasoned family policy instructors — on what content to include and which techniques have worked for effectively teaching and evaluating course concepts. It will also provide a forum for college educators in attendance to comment and ask questions about the course content and teaching strategies they use to open students' minds to the power of policy in the lives of families, and to trigger in them a life-long passion for influencing family policies in their community, state, and nation.

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Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.


Overall, you'll learn:

  • what content to include in college family policy courses.
  • which techniques have worked for effectively teaching and evaluating course concepts.

From Dr. Bogenschneider, you'll learn:

  • the pillars that should form the foundation of a college course on family policy.
  • strategies instructors use to teach students why they should care about family policy; why policy should focus on families; why family policy should be a subfield of social policy; how the policy process works; and how to bring the lens of family impact to policymaking.

From Dr. Anderson, you'll learn:

  • an overview of key concepts in courses on teaching family policy and applied exercises to teach them.
  • how to introduce real-world experiences into classes that teach course concepts by having students track legislation, develop election guides, and so forth.

From Dr. Henderson, you'll learn:

  • how to use cooperative learning to facilitate student engagement in shared learning, to enhance their ability to critically evaluate and solve problems.
  • how critical learning tools can put a face on family policy issue and bring the real world to the classroom.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.


About the Presenters

Karen Bogenschneider, Ph.D., is a Rothermel-Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars — a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions that communicate research-based, family-focused information to state policymakers on timely topics — since its inception in 1993. She is currently serving as research director of the Family Impact Institute, which provides training and technical assistance to 25 states that have conducted more than 190 Family Impact Seminars. In 2014, she gave two invited addresses at the United Nations in Geneva and New York on how to build better public policy for families. Professor Bogenschneider's book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, is in its third edition. She co-authored, with Thomas Corbett, Evidence-Based Policymaking: Insights from Policy-Minded Researchers and Research-Minded Policymakers. She was invited to write the family policy decade reviews in 2000 and 2010 for the Journal of Marriage and Family. She holds a named professorship, the highest award given to professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received the President's Award and is an NCFR Fellow.

Elaine A. Anderson, Ph.D., is a professor in and chair of the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She is also the co-director and founder of the Maryland Family Policy Impact Seminar at the University of Maryland. Dr. Anderson is a nationally recognized leader and scholar in the field of family and health policy, and is an NCFR Fellow. She was president of NCFR from 2011-13. She has authored publications on such policy topics as homeless families, nonresidential fathers, rural low-income women, welfare reform, deinstitutionalization, Head Start and child care, work policy, obesity, and U.S. health policies, for which she was awarded multiple-grant support. She has presented her work at professional meetings nationally and internationally. Dr. Anderson has consistently served on multiple editorial boards for the past 30 years and currently is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues and Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies. She is a former National Head Start Fellows Program mentor, has mentored many graduate students, and has served on the thesis/dissertation committees of almost 200 students (of which she chaired 20 percent). She has been honored by her college at the University of Maryland with all three outstanding mentor, teacher, and research awards.

Tammy L. Henderson, Ph.D., CFLE, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University, conducts research in the area of family policy, law, and diversity. As a family policy and law scholar, her basic and applied work focuses on grandparent rights and responsibilities, foster care, mentoring, diversity, and policies. Her current research centers around the impact of Hurricane Katrina on older adults and Alaska Native grandparents funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF also sponsored her to give invited presentations on disasters and older adults in Uganda. Her other funded work revolves around gerontology and geriatrics. She has worked on several program development and evaluation projects: childcare needs in Montgomery County; kinship care issues in the state of Virginia; homelessness and neighborhood redevelopment in Baton Rouge; and improving the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to address health disparities. Dr. Henderson has served as a co-guest editor and guest editor for premier journals in the area of human development and family science. She has served in several leadership roles at NCFR, including chair of the Family Policy section.

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