Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The approach recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves. For years, programs tended to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, but two-generation programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together support services to address both groups simultaneously. New programs are finding that when opportunities for children and parents are approached jointly, the benefits can be greater than the sum of the separate parts. In this NAFSCE webinar, presenters from Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Aspen Institute, all of whom employ 2Gen approaches to family engagement, will discuss the various ways that a 2Gen approach is implemented across the country, and the tools family engagement professionals need to use these strategies in their own communities.
Kathlyn Kocher Paananen
Housing and Education Manager, Seattle
Kathlyn Paananen serves as the Housing and Education Manager for Seattle Public Schools (SPS). In her role, she connects SPS with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and other affordable housing providers to build cohesive communities that are supportive of children’s educational success both at school and at home. For over twenty years, Kathlyn has devoted herself to public service within a variety of fields from transportation, housing, and now education. Prior to joining SPS, Kathlyn supported a mixed-income housing and community redevelopment for SHA for four years. She uses her cross-sector experience to bring multiple organizations together in partnership. Kathlyn graduated from the University of Washington, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environmental Planning and a Master of Public Administration. She looks forward to her two young children attending Seattle Public Schools someday.
Parent and Community Leader, Seattle
Fahmo Abdulle is from Somalia and has lived in Seattle for the last 23 years. Fahmo donates her generous time to actively participating and giving back to her community. She is a Seattle Public Schools graduate herself from Garfield High School and passionate about educating young girls both in Seattle and globally. Fahmo never stops learning new things, and is currently enrolled in Seattle College to receive a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, she practices henna, which she taught herself, and now runs her own henna business. She also enjoys cooking with and for her four children. She dreams one day of managing her own school.
Strategic Advisor II for Education
Roy began as SHA’s Strategic Advisor for Education in August 2017, leading our partnership with Seattle Public Schools and developing our strategy for K-12 education. Roy comes to SHA from Boston, where he most recently led education initiatives for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office and served as its liaison to Boston Public Schools. Roy’s education career started off as a middle school math, social studies and science teacher (and basketball coach) in the School District of Philadelphia. Afterwards, he took on a variety of education roles in public sector consulting, non-profits, school districts, and local government. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Assistant Director for Network and Outreach
Sarah Haight is the assistant director for the Ascend Network and outreach at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Institute’s mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Ascend is a policy program of the Institute and a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. At Ascend, Sarah manages the national Ascend Network; two-generation practice and technical assistance strategies; national convenings, including the 2Gen Practice Institute, ThinkXChange, and roundtables on key areas of 2Gen approaches; and directs programming of special projects, including managing the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community. Prior to The Aspen Institute, Sarah worked as an editor and journalist at Conde Nast in New York City. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and has worked as a therapist in direct-practice clinical settings with women with low incomes, with a focus on maternal mental health. She is licensed to practice social work in New York and the District of Columbia. She received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.