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Shifting Mindsets: What's Family Got To Do With It

Historically, schools have defined and designed engagement efforts for families based on the schools needs and goals for parent involvement, with outcomes hyperfocused on attendance to events and responsiveness to school lead/ directed engagement. What if this is all wrong... what if we need to shift our thinking to revolve around what parents and students need for successful academic and life outcomes. Come to this session and explore another paradigm for engaging schools with families.

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  1. Identify evidence based frameworks for designing effective family and community engagement initiatives at the school level.
  2. Identify academic partnering strategies and practices that build trusting relationships with families and community members.
  3. Understand the importance of leveraging culturally competent strategies when building the capacity of families and school staff.



Murray Woodard, Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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