How to Create a Culture of Learning at Home & Guide Your Child to Succeed in School and Life
Dr. James Casale
WEDNESDAY 11 am-12 pm in SALON c
THURSDAY 9-10 AM in SALON c
THURSDAY 10:30-11:30 AM in SALON c
Parenting is not easy. It's a struggle. It's challenging. Parents-in order to be successful-need four critical things: 1) a positive attitude 2) a vision 3) accurate information and 4) a plan. No special skills or training are required. My session will equip parents with the tools and information to immediately make positive adjustments to their family culture.
Tearing Down Walls, Building Bridges
Nathaniel Provencio & Deborah Ellis
Wednesday 3-4 PM in salon B
thursday 9-10 am in salon d
thursday 3-4 pm in salon d
Participants will discuss and create building level strategies to increase family and community involvement in diverse Title I schools. Participants will learn how to define parent and community involvement, track and monitor volunteer hours, identify the aspects of “customer centric” school environments, utilize a team based community involvement council, build active business partnerships and create school/community events that support student learning.
Family Engagement in Special Education
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in salon I
wednesday 3-4 PM in salon i
thursday 10:30-11:30 am in salon i
This session will provide participants with information related to the ways in which family engagement improves outcomes for children with disabilities. It will also provide concrete tools that will assist teachers, administrators, supervisors, and others with encouraging and improving the engagement of families whose children receive special education and related services.
Strong Schools - Father Engagement That Makes a Difference
J. Michael Hall
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in salon d
Giving dads a donut only makes them bigger dads. We at Strong Fathers work to engage fathers in such a way that I makes a difference in the outcomes for kids and the schools that educate them. Our work with over 200,000 fathers in schools has given us the insight to provide you with the tools you need to engage hundreds of fathers on your campus.
Juntos: Harrisonburg City Public Schools and Community Partners Embracing, Empowering and Engaging Our Latino Families
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in salon B
thursday 9-10 am in salon b
thursday 3-4 pm in salon b
In this session, participants will learn about the methods HCPS’ Family and Community Engagement Department has undertaken to identify and cultivate community partners across sectors to create sustainable and meaningful learning opportunities that will enable Latino families to become full partners in their children’s education. The presentation will also highlight current initiatives within HCPS that are promising and replicable in other localities.
Increase Family Engagement Through 5 Areas of Parent Involvement
THURSDAY 10:30-11:30 am in the Shenandoah room
thursday 3-4 PM in the Shenandoah room
In this session, participants will learn how to increase family engagement at their school through these 5 parent involvement areas linked to communicating, volunteering, learning, collaborating and decision making. They will learn what it takes to build, execute & maintain an effective parent & family engagement initiative for their school district. They will hear & see examples of internal & external partnerships that helps engage families in the district-wide OCPS Parent Academy. In addition, they will see a demonstration on how the OCPS Parent Academy engages its families through different technology devices that informs, educates & tracks the participation of all constituents.
Family Engagement in Preschool
Karen Wesley, Wayne Lyle & Cynthia Huthinson
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in the dominion/commonwealth room
A discussion on the partnership with Smart Beginnings, the Virginia Literacy Institute, a United Way, and two public preschool programs that resulted in positive parent engagement and supported kindergarten readiness.
Growing Partnerships: Home Visiting Program PK-12
wednesday 3-4 PM in salon A
Thursday 9-10 am in salon i
thursday 3-4 pm in salon i
Learn how teachers and administrators in rural, southern West Virginia are building partnerships with families who are not YET engaged. The visits allow relationships to be formed and supported through the school year. This session will provide training tips and opportunities for you to build your own home visiting program too!
Different Levels of Parent Involvement (DLOPI)
wednesday 3-4 pm in the Shenandoah room
thursday 9-10 am in the Shenandoah room
thursday 3-4 pm in the dominion/commonwealth room
A parent program with five modules designed to encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education, whether at school or at home. This program provides teachers with a simple computerized format for determining levels of parental involvement by assessing the students’ classroom performance and behaviors as measured by the parent or guardian’s interaction in their child’s education. Sessions are interactive, allowing for an exchange of ideas and strategies for communicating with teachers, school administrators and peers.
"Not Grown Yet" A Secondary Parental Engagement Approach
Terry Alston & Roslyn Moffitt
wednesday 3-4 pm in salon j
thursday 10:30-11:30 am in salon j
thursday 3-4 pm in salon j
The purpose of the session is to provide participants with a unique guide to exploring and empowering teens and the families with understanding what it takes to have success for adult life. Participants will be exposed to resources recommended for working with parents of teens. The goal is to provide training for teachers and school staff on how to work with parents of teens by overcoming the following barriers: school structures and practices, lack of time and resources, lack of information and training, cultural differences between schools and families, and lack of outside support for school-family partnerships.
Men at Work: Building a Bridge to Strong Families and Communities
wednesday 3-4 pm in the dominion/commonwealth room
thursday 9-10 am in the dominion/commonwealth room
thursday 10:30-11:30 in the dominion/commonwealth room
Research shows that father involvement in school has a positive impact on student success. This session will identify obstacles that can prevent men from being involved and steps educators can take to help break down those barriers by building relationships. He will also discuss the importance of engaging and involving men to help strengthen families and communities.
Equity and Inclusiveness: Are You Listening?
wednesday 3-4 pm in salon c
thursday 9-10 am in salon j
thursday 3-4 pm in salon c
Parental contact? What do I say and how? Many educators are afraid to call parents. In this workshop, participants will understand the importance of reaching out to families and having short yet meaningful conversations that will make a difference. Parents/families are a critical factor in the success of students. Let’s learn to create an atmosphere where educators and families can have meaningful conversations that have lasting effects. All students matter and so do all parents/families.
Engaging Families in Meaningful Partnerships for Authentic Learning
Dr. Aaron Spence
thursday 9-10 am in salon a
thursday 3-4 pm in salon a
This session will focus on the face-to-face and digital means by which Virginia Beach City Public Schools is engaging with families to create strong partnerships focused on providing rich learning experiences for students. We will also look at some of the ways we are focused on creating meaningful community partnerships designed for each individual school that are attractive to families as a way to engage with the school and their child beyond traditional volunteer, chaperone or teacher-directed activities.
EngageMe: Marketing Your Program to a Diverse Audience of Families
Shannon O'Brien, Jenna Monley & Lauren Rowland
wednesday 3-4 pm in salon d
thursday 10:30-11:30 am in salon d
The School District of Philadelphia is incredibly diverse – students and families represent a range of languages, cultures, ethnicities, races, abilities, and income levels, meaning that outreach and marketing efforts must be creative and multi-tiered. Participants in this workshop will learn about how to bring more families into their program through innovative outreach strategies. Participants will work on a marketing plan for their program and set outreach goals to help them follow through with their plan.
Pursuing Systemic Change to Advance Family Engagement
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in salon g
wednesday 3-4 pm in salon g
thursday 9-10 am in salon g
thursday 10:30-11:30 am in salon g
thursday 3-4 pm in salon g
High-Impact family engagement is a core strategy for improving children’s development and increasing student achievement. Parent engagement was a significant element in early childhood programs and the FSCE field has benefitted from their approaches. Learn what the broader research now tells us about the impact family engagement has on development and learning. Hear about a movement to both build capacity for high-impact family engagement practices, and to elevate family engagement as a priority in the policy sector. Help shape the future direction of family engagement.
Creating a Family Engagement Action Plan
wednesday 11 am-12 pm in salon H
wednesday 3-4 pm in salon H
thursday 9-10 am in salon H
thursday 10:30-11:30 am in salon H
thursday 3-4 pm in salon H
In this interactive session, participants will be provided with practical strategies, ideas, and templates to implement a family engagement action plan in their schools. This will support them in forming meaningful family and school partnerships, engaging diverse families and measuring the impact of their outreach. Handouts will be provided.