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Web Conference: Policy Matters: Building a Family Engagement System

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What are the steps that leaders can take to embed family engagement in early childhood and elementary education systems? How can state, federal, and local organizations create strategic partnerships to build a robust structure of family engagement? How can frameworks be used to guide the planning and implementation of a family engagement system?

Knowledgeable panelists explored these and related questions during our web conference Policy Matters: Building a Family Engagement System on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Our web conference presenters were:

  • Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Kent Mitchell, vice president for outreach and partnerships, Early Learning Indiana
  • Thomas Weber, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Heather B. Weiss, founder and director, Harvard Family Research Project (host).

Highlights and Strategies From the Web Conference

  • Integrate family engagement in everyone’s work. Family engagement is not the job of only one person or organization.
  • Use data on programmatic successes to show policymakers and leaders the benefits of family engagement.
  • Develop partnerships to keep this work sustainable beyond individual grants and to create a strong network of advocates.
  • Use frameworks to establish a common language around family engagement.
  • Recognize that families may be engaged in different ways, but they all want what is best for their children.
  • Offer families guidance to support their children in learning anywhere, anytime.
  • Build the capacity of practitioners to work successfully with families.

Featured Resources

Boston Children’s Museum RTTT-ELC Learning Resources
Brain Building in Progress
Brain Building in Progress—Resources for Early Learning
Early Learning Indiana—Partnerships for Early Learners
Early Learning Indiana Website
Harvard Family Research Project Maryland RTTT-ELC Profile
Harvard Family Research Project Massachusetts RTTT-ELC Profile
Massachusetts Parent Engagement and Early Support
New America EdCentral: ESEA Compromise Includes a Few Steps Forward for Early Learning
RTTT-ELC Year Two Progress Report
U.S. Department of Education Dual Capacity-Building Framework

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