Mission, Vision & Values


shutterstock_223795693-HOMEThe National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), founded in September 2014, is the first membership association focused solely on advancing family, school, and community engagement (FSCE). NAFSCE was established to provide the long-needed platform for advancing high impact practices, promoting evidence–based policies, building capacity and leadership in the field, and upholding FSCE as a core strategy for improving child development and student achievement.


Advancing high-impact policies and practices for family, school, and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement.


A world where family engagement is universally practiced as an essential strategy for improving children’s learning and advancing equity.


  • Continuous improvement
  • Collaboration
  • Relationship-centered
  • Inclusion
  • Educational equity
  • Member-driven
  • Results-orientation
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Advocacy for the field

Our History

NAFSCE created in 3, 2, 1…

The idea of creating a professional association to advance high-impact family, school and community engagement grew out of the work of two national coalitions, NCPIE and the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group.

For over thirty years, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) provided professionals in the field an opportunity to share ideas through monthly meetings and conference calls. Today, NAFSCE rests on NCPIE’s extensive listserve and network of relationships as it becomes a full-blown professional association. We are greatly indebted to the vision and dedication of Sue Ferguson, who served for sixteen years as chair of NCPIE.

In 2009, a group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers convened the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group to share information and shape policy with the White House, the Department of Education, and leaders on Capitol Hill. The Working Group has now become the NAFSCE Policy Council, and many of its members comprise NAFSCE’s Founding Board.

National Working Group members, Susan Shaffer, Anne Henderson, and Deborah Roderick Stark, with the participation of key thought leaders in the field, developed the concept for a new association. Holly Kreider at the Heising-Simons Foundation saw the potential for NAFSCE and the Foundation generously funded a planning grant that has allowed NAFSCE to begin its work.

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC), led by Susan Shaffer, has served as NAFSCE’s host organization, providing organizational support, office space, and staff to support NAFSCE in its infancy. MAEC has a long history of promoting equity and providing strong programming in FSCE.

NAFSCE is forever grateful for the hard work and vision of these organizations and their exceptional members.

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Family Engagement

Defining Family Engagement

NAFSCE endorses the family engagement definition developed in 2010 by the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group (now the NAFSCE Policy Council).

  • Family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development.
  • Family engagement is continuous across a child’s life and entails enduring commitment but changing parent roles as children mature into young adulthood.
  • Effective family engagement cuts across and reinforces learning in the multiple settings where children learn- at home, in prekindergarten programs, in school, in after school programs, in faith-based institutions, and in the community.

What do we mean by High-Impact Engagement?

High-impact family and community engagement is collaborative, culturally competent, and focused on improving children’s learning.

Some examples of high-impact strategies are:

  • Building personal relationships, respect, and mutual understanding with families through home visits, community walks, and class meetings;
  • Sharing data with families about student skill levels;
  • Modeling effective teaching practices so families can use them at home;
  • Listening to families about their children’s interests and challenges, then using this information to differentiate instruction;
  • Incorporating content from families’ home cultures into classroom lessons;
  • Aligning family engagement activities with school improvement goals.

Practices like these are even more effective when combined. Contrast these with traditional events and activities for families, which research finds have small effects on student achievement.

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Our Team

Meet our Executive Director




Vito Borrello is the first Executive Director for the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), effective September 2014. Prior to his new position, Mr. Borrello served as the nineteen year president of EPIC – Every Person Influences Children, a national organization providing parenting education, family engagement in education, and character education programs to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults. EPIC’s programs have been implemented in 16 states and Singapore.

Current National Advisory Board Member roles include the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement, the National Center for After-school and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), the Center for Education Equity, and ClassTag.

Recent previous national roles include membership on the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group (now NAFSCE’s Policy Council); and two completed terms as an At-Large Board Member for National PTA, where he also served on committees for finance, legislation, resource development, and strategic planning. Mr. Borrello currently serves on National PTA’s Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus for the NY State Family Engagement Coalition. Prior to his NAFSCE appointment, Mr. Borrello was Chairman of the NY State PTA Urban Initiatives Task Force, Steering Committee member of the NY State Parenting Education Partnership, and a past appointee to NY State Education Department workgroups for Teacher Standards, Striving Readers, and Safe Schools. In his home community of Western New York, Mr. Borrello is a Board Member for the State University of NY at Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; immediate past Chairman for the Care Management Coalition of Western New York, and immediate past Board member for Buffalo’s Read to Succeed literacy initiative. He is a 2009 graduate of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York Fellowship program and a 1998 graduate of Leadership Buffalo. Mr. Borrello has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wittenberg University and resides in East Amherst, New York with his wife, Maria, and daughters, Marisa and Samantha. He commutes to the NAFSCE offices located in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Meet the Team




Keami Harris is Director of Capacity Building Programs for the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE).  Prior to joining NAFSCE, Keami was Director of Programs and Affiliate Relations for the National Black Child Development Institute.  There she was responsible for developing and managing programs focused on family engagement, literacy and early childhood development. Additionally, Keami provided support and oversight of a National Affiliate network

working to improve the lives of Black children and their families through education and advocacy.  Previously, she was an elementary school teacher with the Prince George’s County Public School system in Maryland, where she analyzed school assessment data, and setting yearly goals and objectives for school improvement. In other professional experience, has held positions with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and served on the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, REL Mid-Atlantic board. Keami holds a Master of Education degree from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. She a native of  Prince George’s County, MD and resides in a Washington, DC suburb with her husband and sons. 

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Lisa Aramony is NAFSCE’s Director of Communications. Prior to joining NAFSCE, Lisa served as communications consultant for several nonprofit organizations, including Joint Council on International Children’s Services and Aid for Africa. Previously, Lisa was Senior Consultant to the Chairman at Changing Our World, Inc. a philanthropy and fundraising consulting firm to leading nonprofit organizations, corporations, private foundations, and philanthropists. Prior to that Lisa served as Vice President of AOL Time Warner Corporate Relations and the AOL Time Warner Foundation

where she became a leader in the field of increasing nonprofit effectiveness through the strategic use of interactive technology and communications. Lisa led the creation of Network for Good, the premier online philanthropy portal. Lisa began her career with AOL, where she led the company’s first direct mail efforts, managed member communications, and oversaw the launch of AOL’s e-commerce/shopping channel. She has served as Chairperson of DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment), Vice Chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), Chairperson of WRAG’s New Ventures in Philanthropy Group and Chairperson of their Strategic Planning Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the ePhilanthropy Foundation and on the Board of Directors of GiveNow.org, the first philanthropy portal launched in the United Kingdom. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Bob, their daughters, Katie and Susie.

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Board of Directors



Oscar E. Cruz

President and CEO, Families in Schools
Oscar E. Cruz serves as President & CEO of Families In Schools. Previous to this position, he served as Vice President and first came to Families In Schools as Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy.  Mr. Cruz has held various management positions including, Program Director for Community Partners, where he directed projects in the areas of community technology and civic engagement, and as Senior Program Manager at Center for Civic

Education, where he managed an international network of civil society organizations, school districts, universities, and foundations working to implement civic engagement programs for students and youth throughout the United States and Latin America. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America and served as an official international electoral observer in Mexico’s federal elections (2000 and 2006).  He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Latin America Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Latin America Studies from the University of California Los Angeles, and is fluent in Spanish.  Mr. Cruz’s passion revolves around helping families and communities strengthen their capacity to support their children’s education so they can provide their children a pathway to achieve the American dream.

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Anne T.  Henderson

Senior Fellow, Community Involvement Program, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Anne’s specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students’ success in school and through life. Since 1977, Anne has worked with organizations that represent or serve parents and community members. Her clients include the Tellin’ Stories

Project in Washington, DC; the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Lexington, Kentucky; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City; the Alexandria, Virginia Public Schools; the Parent Institute for Quality Education in Southern California; and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. She has worked in Civil Rights and Anti-Poverty programs for the federal government and for the New Jersey Department of Education. She help start the National Committee for Citizens in Education, a group that aimed to put the public back into the public schools.  Since 1981, she has written a small library of books and materials about research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities. Anne is a graduate of Oberlin College, and she received her Master’s Degree in politics from Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.

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Debra Jennings

Director, Center for Parent Information and Resources at SPAN
Debra leads SPAN’s national efforts promoting the capacities of the approximately 100 Parent Training & Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers assisting families with children with disabilities in each state, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Palau.  These projects

provide Parent Centers with the information and materials that support their individual parent advocacy efforts and systemic improvement activities across disabilities and across age spans from birth to 26.  Debra’s experience as an advocate and leader includes organizing and supporting grassroots parent advocacy organizations and efforts around general and special education issues.  She joined SPAN in 1997 to lead its “Parents Engaged in Public Policy Project.”  On several state and national advisory committees, Debra is committed to ensuring that the voices of parents/families and communities are not left out of discussions of policies and practices impacting children and families.  Debra is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Economics and has completed coursework in business, finance, public administration and non-profit management at the Kellogg School of Management and Seton Hall University Center for Public Service.  Debra’s eclectic professional experience prior to joining SPAN in 1997 includes construction, economic development, finance and constituent affairs.  Debra also served on a local school board.    She is the mom and first advocate of two daughters, one of whom received special education services and the other who participated in Title I Basic Skills.  Both are college graduates.  She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a middle school administrator.

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Elena Lopez

M. Elena Lopez

Associate Director,  Harvard Family Research  Project
M. Elena Lopez strives to increase the use of research in policy, practice and teacher education. With colleagues from HFRP, she has team-taught courses on family, school, and community at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her other professional experiences include evaluating

public and philanthropic initiatives to promote children’s well-being and managing education and health grants for a philanthropic foundation. She has serving on national advisory and governing boards. Elena received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University.

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Karen L.  Mapp, Ed.D

Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director, Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Karen L. Mapp, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. She is a founding

member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement as well as the National Family and Community Engagement Working Group, is a trustee of the Hyams Foundation in Boston, MA, and is on the board of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC.  From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Mapp served as a consultant on family engagement to the United States Department of Education in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Dr. Mapp is the author and co-author of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in the work of student achievement and school improvement.

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Gabrielle E. Miller, Ed.D 

President and CEO, National Office, Raising A Reader
Dr. Gabrielle Miller joined Raising A Reader (RAR) as National Executive Director in December 2008. Prior to joining RAR, she was vice president for programs at Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit literacy organization. In that role, she was responsible for all literacy

and early education programs, including RIF’s multicultural initiative, special literacy initiatives and, innovative programming efforts.

Before joining RIF, Dr. Miller served as assistant vice president of educational programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, where she held a number of positions before ultimately assuming a leadership role in the special education department. During her time at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Miller was responsible for educational program development and research. Her research efforts focused on evaluating interventions for at-risk learners of all ages. Concurrently, she served as an assistant professor in The Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate School of Education’s Department of Special Education.

Dr. Miller began her career as a teacher in the Queen Anne’s County, Maryland public school system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Delaware and completed her graduate studies in special education and administration at Johns Hopkins University.

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S. Kwesi  Rollins

Director, Leadership Program, Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
A member of IEL’s Senior Leadership Team, Kwesi Rollins guides IEL’s portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders with a particular emphasis on Family and Community Engagement, Early Childhood Education, Principal Leadership Development and Support, and Community-based

Leadership Development.  Kwesi has 20 years of experience providing technical assistance and training to local communities and a range of state and county agencies, school districts, local schools and community-based organizations to improve cross-sector collaboration and service delivery systems supporting children, youth and families.

Working with young people is also a personal passion – Kwesi has special expertise in resiliency and youth development, has been recognized as the Big Brother of the Year, and served as VP for Program Services on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capitol Area. He holds an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work where he was a Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Fellow.

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Barbara Scherr

Family Involvement Coordinator, Maryland State Department of Education
Barbara Scherr is a Family Involvement Coordinator at the Maryland State Department of Education.  In her 25 years of public service, Barbara has worked in the areas of childcare, safe and drug-free schools, homeless education, family literacy, and family engagement.  Her primary responsibility is building capacity

for educators by providing technical assistance and training to school systems and schools in the area of parent involvement, and ensuring that the requirements of No Child Left Behind pertaining to parent involvement are being fully implemented.  Barbara also provides training and guidance to school districts on Title I as authorized under No Child Left Behind, in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of federal and State programs to support the teaching and learning of children living in high poverty area.  She was instrumental in developing several statewide parent outreach initiatives including a family literacy campaign, Take 15 for the Family; Title I Parent Involvement training model for school teams that build capacity of educators, parents, and community partners to understand parent involvement research and the Title I Parent Involvement requirements; and most recently Maryland’s PreK-12 Family Engagement Framework.  Barbara’s vision is to encourage, equip, and empower educators to increase effective family engagement for increased academic performance of all children.

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Susan Shaffer

President, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc., and Executive Director, The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
Susan Morris Shaffer is the president of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc., an educational non-profit and director of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center. For more than four decades, Shaffer is a nationally

recognized expert for her transformational work in public schools with the development of comprehen­sive technical assistance and training on educational equity and multicultural gender-related issues. She has published extensively on gender equity, family engagement, civil rights, women’s history, and multicultural education. Shaffer’s newest book is How to Connect with Your iTeen: A Parenting Road Map (co-author, Linda Perlman Gordon, McGraw Hill, May 2015). Shaffer serves on several boards, including the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement (co-founder), School of Education, Bowie State University, MD, the MD Women’s Heritage Center, and Harmony through Education. She holds an undergraduate degree in history and a graduate degree in education from the University of California, Berkeley. Shaffer is the recipient of numerous awards for her service, leadership, and significant contribution to curricular materials on women. She has just been named to the 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women.

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Deborah Roderick Stark 

Principal, Deborah Roderick Stark and Associates
Deborah Roderick Stark is a consultant for child and family programs, research, and policy. She has more than 20 years experience working with foundations, public agencies, non-profits, and the federal government.

Deborah is the author or co-author of publications including but not limited to: Supporting Every Young Learner (2014), Maryland’s early childhood pedagogy guide; Nurturing Change (2013), policy strategies for improving infant and early childhood mental health; Breaking New Ground (2011), examples for using data as a lever for bolstering family engagement in student learning; Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K (2010), policies to support family engagement in state-funded pre-k; A Quiet Crisis (2009) an early childhood agenda for the Council of Chief State School Officers; Advocates in Action (2002 and 2005) rationale for why and how parents and child care providers can effectively speak out to advance policy; and the education and child welfare chapters in Beyond Rhetoric: A New American Agenda for Children and Families (1991) by the National Commission on Children.

Deborah worked in the Clinton Administration and organized the design and implementation of the family preservation and support initiative passed by Congress in 1993, and the Early Head Start program passed as part of the 1994 Head Start reauthorization.

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Sally M. Wade

Senior Program Associate, Manhattan Strategy Group
Dr. Sally M. Wade serves as a member of the Manhattan Strategy Group Education Team, specializing in leadership, technical assistance, professional development, grants management, program evaluation, publications development, research to practice, public presentations and group facilitation.

She has a proven success record in implementing creative strategies, promoting long-term alliances, and creating sustainable program improvement. Dr.Wade has over 20 years of experience working at the national, regional, state, university, and local level. She is an author, speaker, technical assistance provider, project manager and sought after thought leader.

Prior to joining Manhattan Strategy, Dr. Wade was a Program Associate with the Southeast Comprehensive Center and Southeast Regional Educational Laboratory at SEDL headquartered in Austin Texas. She was founder and director of the Florida Partnership for Family Involvement in Education at the University of South Florida where she worked as a faculty member for over ten years.

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Heather B. Weiss

Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Heather Weiss is the Founder and Director of the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and is a Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Weiss and her colleagues are well known

for their work building the demand for and use of evaluation as a cornerstone of social change, to which end HFRP also provides strategic planning and evaluation services for foundations and communities. Their current evaluation portfolio includes evaluations of national foundation efforts to scale up universal prekindergarten services and extended learning opportunities.

Dr. Weiss writes, speaks and advises on programs and policies for children and families and serves on the advisory boards of many public and private organizations. Her recent publications focus on reframing research and evaluation to support continuous improvement and democratic decision making, examining the case for complementary learning from a research and policy perspective, and assessing new ways of providing and evaluating professional development. She is a consultant and advisor to numerous foundations on strategic grantmaking and evaluation. She received her doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.

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Sherri Wilson

Senior Director of Consultative Services, Scholastic
Sherri Wilson is the Senior Director of Consultative Services at Scholastic and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement. Formerly, she served at the Senior Manager of Family Engagement at the National PTA and was the Co-founder of the Alabama Parent Education Center and served as Alabama PIRC Director for over fourteen years.

While at the National PTA, Ms. Wilson led the National PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative, oversaw the implementation of the National PTA Standards for Family School Partnerships and was the staff lead on the National PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle. She provided training, information and support to National PTA staff as well as state and local members related to family engagement and the implementation of the National PTA Standards for Family School Partnerships. She has served on a wide variety of national, state, and local boards and committees, including the National Association of Family, School, and Community Partnerships. Ms. Wilson holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing, a Family Development Credential from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Grant Administrator and Certified Grant Evaluator.  Ms. Wilson has presented information to families and school personnel in a variety of formats, including presentations at local, state, and national conferences and conventions in the US and in Australia.

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Lacy  Wood

Principal TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Lacy Wood is a principal TA consultant for American Institutes for Research (AIR). Wood has over 18 years of experience with information and support systems for school improvement and over 16 years of experience in family and community engagement. In her current role, Wood directs the $3 million statewide Illinois Quality Afterschool Program, providing oversight for training, professional development, and technical assistance to all 21st CCLC grantees in Illinois and building the capacity of SEA staff.

Wood leads policy work for the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) supporting work focused on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Texas Education Agency’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan Development, and Expanded Learning Opportunities Council. In addition, she leads the Wyoming Family Engagement Project, a district pilot and initiative designed to inform strategic development of Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE’s) statewide family engagement framework and initiatives, help increase Wyoming educator’s knowledge and use of research-based strategies for planning and implementing family engagement programs, and assist districts in promoting integration of family engagement across their school improvement efforts. Wood chairs the Family Engagement State Leaders Network, a cadre of SEA family engagement staff across the United States, focused on providing resources and capacity building supports for SEA family engagement initiatives and serves as lead for STEM out-of -school time activities in the Austin AIR office.

Previously she was the director of development and the program manager for the Afterschool, Family, and Community unit at SEDL. Prior to the SEDL-AIR merger, Wood was responsible for SEDL’s funding development efforts, and oversaw the work in SEDL’s Afterschool, Family, and Community unit. She led SEDL’s work related to identification and assessment of funding opportunities including proposal planning and conceptualization, creating and coordinating proposal development teams, project planning and development, along with drafting, reviewing, and critiquing proposals. She was also responsible for leading the design and implementation of SEDL’s programmatic work addressing afterschool, other extended learning programs, and family and community engagement with schools.

Her expertise also includes expanded learning opportunities; education reform and school improvement tools; dissemination and knowledge utilization; research-based instructional resources; program development; proposal planning, development, and coordination; and business development. Wood also has extensive experience working with federal grantee programs and supporting State Education Agency (SEA) staff to implement federal initiatives including 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLCs), Reading First, Smaller Learning Communities, and the Comprehensive School Reform programs.

Since 2000, Wood has worked with SEDL’s National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. In this role, she conducts training sessions and workshops on family and community involvement; gathers and disseminates family involvement research and resources; and develops and manages information management tools and services. She currently serves as a member of the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group and is a founding board member for the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement. Previously, she managed SEDL’s work with the National Coordination Center for Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), which provided technical assistance, professional development, information resources, and performance reporting support for 62 PIRC programs in every U.S. state and territory. Wood coordinated the production of SEDL’s five research syntheses that examine key issues in the field of family and community engagement. Wood holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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NAFSCE Policy Council

light_blue-01-01The NAFSCE Policy Council, chaired by Anne Henderson, promotes policy change in support of high-impact family engagement. As a standing committee of NAFSCE, the Policy Council has continued the work of the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group (NWG), founded in 2009 and comprised of the leading researchers, advocates, and practitioners dedicated to advancing this work. Since its founding, the NWG has advised Congress, the White House, and the US Department of Education on family engagement policy and practice.


Information about past work of the National Working Group can be found here:

  1. Information and policy recommendations of the National Working Group
  2. Report to the US Department of Education: Beyond Random Acts: Family, School and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform (2010)
  3. NAFSCE’s adopted definition for Family Engagement was initially developed and approved by the NWG.
  4. Family Engagement Matrix: Reframing the Work


NAFSCE Policy Council Members:

Anne Henderson, Chair

Deborah Roderick Stark, Vice Chair

Vito Borrello, NAFSCE Executive Director

Jacki Ball, Director of Government Affairs, National Parent teachers Association (NPTA)

Soncia Coleman, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, United Way International

Mishaela Duran, Chief of Staff, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Elena Lopez, Associate Director, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)

Karen Mapp, Director of the Education Policy and Management Program, the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Susan Shaffer, President, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

Steven Sheldon, Director of Research, National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS)

Heather Weiss, Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)

Helen Westmoreland, Deputy Director, Flamboyan Foundation

Sherri Wilson, National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA)

Laura Wilson Phelan, Chief Operating Officer, Flamboyan Foundation

Lacy Wood, Director of Development, SEDL



NAFSCE is committed to working in synergy with diverse stakeholders who influence and/or impact family engagement in education as an essential strategy to improve children’s learning.

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Our Founding Funder

The Heising-Simons Foundation – NAFSCE recognizes its first and founding funder, the Heising-Simons Foundation, who provided a one year planning grant, followed by a one year implementation grant. Their funding enabled the establishment of NAFSCE. The Heising-Simons Foundation is dedicated to advancing sustainable solutions in the environment, supporting groundbreaking research in science, and enhancing the education of our youngest learners. For more information, please go to www.heisingsimons.org.


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Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC) – NAFSCE also recognizes its Founding Parent Organization, the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. (MAEC), led by Founder Susan Shaffer, whose staff worked tirelessly in the planning and first-year implementation stages to advance NAFSCE. MAEC’s mission is to promote excellence and equity in education to achieve social justice. For more information, please go to www.maec.org.




NAFSCE proudly recognizes these Founding Partners.


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation –The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.



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David and Lucile Packard Foundation – For more than 50 years, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet. For more information, please go to www.packard.org.



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The Nellie Mae Education Foundation –The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: building educator ownership, understanding and capacity; advancing quality and rigor of SCL practices; developing effective systems designs; and building public understanding and demand. For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visitwww.nmefoundation.org.



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Education Development Center (EDC) – EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives. Our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development unites our work to address diverse issues. For more information, please go to www.edc.org.



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National Education Association (NEA) – The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States. For more information, please go to www.nea.org.



SEDL – As an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research, SEDL’s mission is to strengthen the connections among research, policy, and practice in order to improve outcomes for all learners. For more information, please go to www.sedl.org.



ClassTag – ClassTag is a new generation of communication and scheduling platforms for schools that brings research-based practices to help teachers turn parents into partners and improve the quality of family support in education. Strong family support in education is vital for student success. ClassTag makes it easy to create opportunities for real life parent engagement at home and at school supporting teaching, strong school community and student success. We invite you to learn more about ClassTag and explore their unique approach.


And for those who are not yet partners with NAFSCE we encourage your consideration. NAFSCE is committed to working in synergy with all of its stakeholders to enable a world where family engagement is universally practiced as an essential strategy for improving children’s learning, and advancing equity and opportunity. More information about becoming a partner here.

Job Openings

If you are passionate about advancing Family, School and Community Engagement, and are seeking an opportunity to make an impact on a national level, NAFSCE is looking for you. NAFSCE offers candidates an opportunity to work with influential leaders and practitioners in the field, recognized for their significant contribution to advancing policies and practices that promote equitable access to high-quality education for all students. We are now hiring for the following positions.

NAFSCE does not currently have any open positions.


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