Families Reunite: Immigrant Family Reunification
thursday & friday 10:45-11:45 am in salon h
Many parents come to the U.S. In pursuit of a better life for their families. Some parents have to temporarily leave their children behind under the care of relatives until they are ready for them to come. What parents see as sacrifice, children often feel as abandonment; making the moment of reuniting difficult. A curriculum; Families Reunite, will be shared that helps families begin those difficult conversations and heal.
Guilford Parent Academy 101: Parents and Educators Joining Forces
THURSDAY 1:15-2:15 Pm & FRIDAY 10:45-11:45 AM in salon c
Take a journey with us as we discuss the out-of-the-box, by parents, for parents approach to parent engagement used by Guilford Parent Academy, as featured in a recent School Administrator article. Participants will learn, through a collaborative work session, how to use parent volunteers as ambassadors in a school community to increase the level of parent and family engagement.
FACE IT: Having the Courage to Engage Families
THURSDAY 10:45-11:45 AM & 1:15-2:15 PM in salon g
In this session, participants will discover ways to help school divisions and in turn, individual schools, create opportunities to engage families and the community and strategies that will positively affect student achievement and school culture and climate.
Engaging Men and Fathers: Building Relationships for Student Success
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 10:45-11:45 Am in salon i
Research shows that when fathers are involved in children’s lives, especially education, they perform better in school and display less behavior issues. This session will identify obstacles that can prevent fathers from being involved and steps educators can take to help break down those barriers by building relationships.
Moving from Parent Involvement to Family Engagement
THURSDAY 10:45-11:45 AM & 1:15-2:15 Pm in salon j
Are you interested in moving from parent involvement to having an active family engagement program that yields student success and student achievement? Participants will receive practical family engagement strategies, application and tools that will foster and enhance the quality of one’s family engagement program.
Welcome to My House: Building a Home Visiting Project
THURSDAY 1:15-2:15 PM in salon h
This session will focus on a home visiting project implemented in a rural school district in southern WV. The teachers involved in the project visited the families of their students while focused on truly listening to families while learning more about their hopes and dreams. Teachers receive training on how to better listen to families, learning not to prejudge families, and how to successfully hold a visit.
Creating a Welcoming Environment
thursday 1:15-2:15 PM in salon a/b
Because we have seen a change in family dynamics over the decades, we can no longer rely on traditional ways to connect with families. In this session participants will learn effective and innovative strategies to help them outreach to diverse families in their school communities.
A Minimal-Cost, High-Impact Blueprint for Parent Engagement: One School District’s K-12 Approach
FRIDAY 10:45-11:45 AM in salon g
Participants will learn how to execute and sustain an effective blueprint for increased parent engagement on a reduced budget. The presenter will illustrate specific interactive school-based activities in reading and math that empower parents to engage their students. When schools focus on maximizing daytime and evening opportunities that increase parent engagement, they can achieve improved student attendance, enhanced socio-emotional development, and greater overall academic progress. Glean insight into how one school within a district harnessed parents to help achieve progress in raising state test scores across multiple grades, and learned lessons that continue to drive progress. The presenter will reinforce, by spotlighting a real case in his school district, that creative school leaders can strategically connect parents to low-cost, high-impact activities at school in ways that students feel supported, more confident, and perform at a higher level.
Strategies for Building School Staff Capacity for Effective Family Engagement
(Challenges Belief Systems)
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 10:45-11:45 Am in salon a/b
Become energized while collaborating to confront the "iceberg" of belief systems that undermine school staff members' efforts to effectively embrace families as true partners. Emerge from this session equipped with innovative strategies to create ideal community solutions for building relationships that ensure collaborative work in the best interests of all students.