PURPOSE Research supports the fact that family engagement is a significant force in both student and school success. It is a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities; is continuous from birth to young adulthood; and occurs across multiple settings where children learn. This course will build educator’s knowledge about the positive impact of family and community engagement with student learning and school systems. It will strengthen their capacity to reach out to family members and community partners, communicate more effectively and engage in shared leadership work to guide policy and inform practices.
OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Identify key aspects of effective family and community engagement in the twenty-first century.
- Consider specific strategies that they might use to foster shared, systemic and ongoing family engagement in their school communities.
- Use student data to inform and engage family members and community partners.
- Understand that family engagement is not a silo, stand alone activity, but an integral component of student performance.
COURSE LENGTH 4.0 hours
TARGET AUDIENCE This workshop is designed for pre-service and in-service Pre–K-12 educators. With adaptations it can be appropriate for community organization staff and family member audiences.
REQUIRED MATERIALS Appropriate handout materials will be provided. Participants are expected to bring appropriate writing instruments.
FACILITIES Appropriate classroom or lecture seating along with a podium, wireless lavaliere microphone (for large room or over 35 participants), screen, internet connection, electrical outlets, and a table set up in the front of the room, are required for the effective delivery of this training.
REGISTRATION Registration for this workshop is the responsibility of the host organization.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT This workshop is eligible for four (4) hours of Act 48 Continuing Education Credit through the Center for Schools and Communities/CSIU. The instructor will distribute the appropriate form to interested participants during this workshop.