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Leaders to Learn From: District-Wide Strategies for Building Capacity and Strengthening Family-School Partnerships (Webinar)

Original Event Date:May 25, 2017

Building the capacity of educators, parents, and community partners is the key to sustaining district-wide family engagement strategies that support children's learning from cradle to career.  Learn more about bright spots and challenges in implementing systemic strategies from District Family and Community Engagement Leaders.

Featured Presenters: 

Michele P. Brooks, M.Ed., Transformative Solutions in Education

Michele Brooks is a parent activist, educational advocate and educator. Her work as Assistant Superintendent in Boston was influential in the development of the US Department of Education's Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships. In 2013, she was recognized as one of 16 Leaders to Learn From by Education Week Magazine. She was the founding director of the Boston Parent Organizing Network, serving from 1999 until 2004.|

Patricia Spradley, M.A., Chief of Parent and Community Engagement, Springfield Public Schools

Patricia Spradley is the Chief of Parent and Community Engagement for Springfield Public Schools, in Massachusetts. Currently she is responsible for Family Education, the Parent and Community Engagement Center, the Parent Academy, Student Assignment Services, Homeless Educational Services, METCO and School Choice/Charters. In 2015 she was recognized as one of 16 Leaders to Learn from by Education Week magazine. She was most recently selected to receive a Social Justice Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services.


Tracy Hill, Executive Director of the Office of Family and Community Engagement, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Tracy Hill was recognized as one of 16 Leaders to Learn from by Education Week Magazine in 2014. In July of 2014, she participated in the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement to expand the conversation about family engagement as a major contributor to children's school readiness and success.

Trise Moore, Director of Equity and Family Engagement, Federal Way Public Schools

Trise has implemented effective family engagement strategies with teams throughout the region and has worked within the Federal Way School district for 14 years. Some of her work is published in 'Title I Family Engagement in the Field: Partner with Parents to Transform Student Achievement' and she was recently selected by EdWeek as a 2017 Leader to Learn From.

D'Lisa Crain, Administrator, Washoe County School District's Department of Family-School Partnerships, Reno, NV.

In Washoe County, D'Lisa leads many of District's efforts to partner with the families of 64,000 kids in 104 schools. Crain helped to lead the department's expansion over the past decade to grow essential programs and practices that build positive and effective partnerships between schools and families including the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, Academic Parent Teacher Teams, a Parent University as well as multiple initiatives focused on professional learning for staff. She was named a 2016 Education Week Leader to Learn From for Family Engagement.


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