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NAFSCE Convenings

The family engagement field is blossoming with new ideas and interest. NAFSCE participates in and hosts numerous conferences and events to advance awareness and promote collaboration among practitioners.


Upcoming Events

The 2017 National Family Engagement Conference, hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership and sponsored by NAFSCE, supports all who strive for excellence in family-school-community partnerships. With pre-conference site visits, over 90 workshops, 4 major plenaries and other networking activities, participants will be immersed in many, many examples of evidence based practice and high-impact engagement work taking place across the country as well as locally in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants will share and inspire discussion on the most important themes across family and community engagement. The conference offers a unique opportunity to build strong alliances, organize collaboratively and realize mutual goals.

Meet NAFSCE's Director of Capacity Building Programs, Keami Harris at her presentation:
Pursuing Systemic Change to Advance Family Engagement

Thursday, June 22nd, 3:30-4:45 PM, Union Square 23 & 24

Parent involvement was a core element of early childhood programs, like Headstart, from its very beginning, and the FSCE field has benefited from their approaches.  Learn what the broader research now tells us about the huge impact family engagement has on children's learning from cradle to career.  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.


We hope you'll also stop by these other sessions, presented by NAFSCE Members:

Latino Family Leadership in Education
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Golden Gate 4
Two Investing in Innovation (i3) grants focus on supporting Latino families' leadership in transforming public schools. The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2INSPIRE Project and the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) PTA Comunitario in south Texas will report on the impact of the projects on Latino family leadership. The session highlights how parents are changing schools and nurturing advocacy for school improvement especially for children who are English learners, economically disadvantaged or recent immigrants
Aurelio M. Montemayor, Project Director - i3 PTA, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), NAFSCE Member
Dr. Nancy Chavkin, External Evaluator

Families & Schools Together: Empowering Parents, Engaging Families & Increasing Student Success
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Golden Gate 6
Learn how a well-implemented family engagement program can lead to student success by improving children's behavior in school, empowering parents as partners in the educational process, and increasing each family's connection to the school. Through innovative partnerships among states, school districts, community agencies, and funders, the evidence-based FAST® program demonstrates how family engagement can have a significant impact on students' academic achievement. Examples of effectively implementing literacy initiatives with family engagement in urban and rural settings will be presented. 
Carol Goedken, CEO/Executive Director, Families & Schools Together, Inc.  NAFSCE Member.
Family Engagement Measures: How States and Districts Are Measuring Family Engagement 
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Golden Gate 7
Measuring the degree to which families are engaged and the impact of that engagement is a challenge. With ESSA's increased focus on non-academic indicators, states and districts are developing and implementing innovative approaches to collecting and using data to measure family engagement and target areas for improvement. This panel presentation will focus on strategies for evaluating partnerships and feature examples from states that are leading the way in developing statewide systems to measure family engagement.
Lacy Wood, Principal Consultant, American Institutes for Research (AIR), NAFSCE Board Member
Darcy Hutchins, Family Partnership Director, Colorado Department of Education
Jane Groff, Executive Director, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)
Sarah Ogeto, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education


Family Engagement Under ESSA: How LAUSD is Moving from Compliance to Partnership by Creating Meaningful Teacher-Family Collaboration
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM. Plaza Room B
Title I earmarks millions for family engagement. Let's spend that on high-impact strategies! Learn about LAUSD's pilot program to revitalize school-parent compacts. Instead of routine Back-to-School Nights, schools hold grade-level meetings centered on student learning where parents and teachers plan how to collaborate on improving specific skills through the year. These plans become grade-specific School-Parent Compacts. Participants will experience and use innovative tools developed by LAUSD staff to support parent-teacher partnership.
Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement. NAFSCE Board Member.

Engaging Families in Middle and High School through Individual Plans of Study
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM, Golden Gate 3
Individual Plan of Study (IPS) process provides a fresh opportunity for schools to engage families in their student's' career development in middle school and high school when families can become unsure of their educational roles. Including families in the IPS process engages them in the career development of their child which research shows serves as a key driver for optimizing youth development. 
Jane Groff, Ph.D., Executive Director, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center.  NAFSCE Member

Supporting Teachers to Foster and Nourish Culturally Responsive School-Family Partnerships
3:45 PM to 5:00 PM, Nob Hill 2 & 3
As schools become increasingly diverse, both linguistically and culturally, effectively engaging all families is an ever-growing challenge. One solution to this challenge is assisting teachers cultivate and refine their proficiencies in fostering and nourishing culturally responsive school-family partnerships. In this interactive session, participants will learn about LASErS, a US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) development grant project, sample the tools and methods it has developed to help teachers with culturally responsive school-family partnerships, and hear about lessons learned.
Jessie B. Lavorgna, LASErS School, Family, & Community Partnership Specialist.  NAFSCE Member

Assessing the Powerful Impact of Parent Leadership
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM, Union Square 3 & 4
Well-prepared parent leaders can be a powerful force for equity and greater opportunity for children, as a growing number of initiatives to cultivate parent leadership are demonstrating. In this workshop, participants will hear from parent leaders about their impact on children and communities, followed by a small group activity to offer their ideas for meaningful assessment to a new effort underway to develop tools for evaluating these programs.
Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement.  NAFSCE Member & Board Member.

Engaging Families in High School Success: Using a Continuous Improvement Approach
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM, Union Square 22
Engaging Families in High School Success is a collaborative continuous improvement initiative undertaken by Seattle Public Schools and the National Network of Partnership Schools. It addresses the problem of decreasing family engagement at the transition to high school when students need family support for attendance and course passing. This session will have partnership leaders share their experiences with, and results of, the cycle of inquiry (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act) process undertaken at both the district partnership and school levels.
Adie Simmons, Family School Partnerships Manager, Seattle Public Schools.  NAFSCE Member.

Making Informed Decisions in MTSS through Family Engagement Data
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM, Golden Gate 5
Measuring the degree to which families are engaged and then using that data for targeting improvement can be challenging. In this Ignite presentation: the newly developed 15-item Family Engagement Survey (Noonan, Gaumer Erickson, & Groff, 2015) will be shared and how it was used by schools implementing MTSS to survey parents to measure family engagement. This data is supplemented by School Implementation Scales Family domain items completed by instructional staff to provide a complete picture. Data is then used by District and Building Leadership Teams to develop and implement their family engagement goals and plans.
Jane Groff, Ph.D. Executive Director, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), NAFSCE Member
When you support NAFSCE, you are supporting initiatives that have the potential to change the way our country thinks about the family’s role in our children’s education. 
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