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National and Regional Convenings

The family engagement field is blossoming with new ideas and interest. NAFSCE participates in and hosts numerous conferences and events to advance awareness and promote collaboration among practitioners.


Upcoming Events

Family Involvement Conference

Location: Harrisburg, PA
Dates: October 14-17, 2018
Fee: $210 for individuals, $180 group rate, $125 day pass
The Family Involvement Conference is presented to you by the Pennsylvania Coalition for Parent Involvement Ltd. in collaboration with the   National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE). This conference is based upon the premise that active family involvement in the education process is the key to effective schools and student achievement. Its goal is to bring together, in a common forum, school administrators, teachers, community members, and parents, to interact and address issues that are vital to academic success and the well being of our children. This includes after school and out-of-school-time programs, special needs children and early childhood education. Join with colleagues and parents to share ideas about how to make this partnership a reality in your school. 
The first 50 registrants receive a complimentary NAFSCE membership.

NAFSCE Member Presentations:

Vito Borrello, Erin Derr, Sarah Holland, Sue Polojac
Join us for a lively conversation about evolutions in effective family engagement that involve systems wide efforts. Vito Borrello will share the work of NAFSCE and introduce the panel who will discuss development in Pennsylvania's family engagement work. Pennsylvania was one of eight states selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to participate in the first State Consortium on Family Engagement. The goals for the work were for each state to develop a statewide coalitions for Family Engagement and to develop a birth through grade 12 Family Engagement Framework. As a foundation for the work in PA, the work groups examined the PA Partnerships for Learning Standards (Birth - Second Grade) and other work that took place in Pennsylvania over the last several years focused on family engagement with their children's learning and family-school-community partnerships. CCSSO provided technical assistance to the workgroup with expertise from NAFSCE and the Policy Equity Group and had the opportunity to share experiences with other participating states. At this session the coordinators of this work will describe its progress and share what it has learned in the process.
Caroline Allen, PSAYDN Coordinator, PSAYDN Harrisburg, PA
It's never too early to talk to your children about planning for future and setting expectations for success. Parents will discover multiple methods of preparing their children to be college and career ready. This workshop includes information about how after school and summer learning programs can partner with parents to guide students with career exploration opportunities and prepare for post secondary education. The formal learning setting is a place for students to prepare and develop 21st Century learning skills.
Marta A. Droddy, Volunteer/Former Title I Teacher Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools, MD
Everyone benefits when families, schools and school systems understand each other better. Through a series of classes, families will be able to identify and explore their child's school and community. The end result is a stronger sense of community and increase in student achievement.
Susan Hahn, Program Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Participants will reflect upon previous experiences regarding parent involvement challenges; identify effective parent-teacher communication practices, discuss building effective community partnerships and access resources to support and promote student achievement.
Dr. Sheila Jackson, Director, Family and Community
Engagement,Prince George's County Public Schools
Bowie, MD
In this session, participants will engage in interactive learning practices to discover how to build strong collaborate relationships will ALL parents and families in the "technological age." Co-discover and co-create practical strategies for improving interactions between home and school.

Laura Gardner, Founder and School Social Worker
Gardner and Associates LLC
Fairfax County Public Schools, Washington DC
Federal law requires that parents receive information from their children's school in a language they understand, which involves providing translation services. This session will focus on language access and its role in equity for students and family.
Dr. Joe Mazza, Co-founder/CEO, MakerDads via c64KID INNOVATION
MakerDads are Dads, Granddads, and other male role models who model life and learning experiences for kids. The recipe is simple - Empathy + Innovation + Empowerment = MakerDads. Learn about this 6 month old family start up and how we are helping schools and communities come together in high and low tech ways with our traveling makerspace.

Donna Quatman-Wilder, Family and Community Involvement Teacher Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, MD
In today's rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget the joy of just "Being." Join us and experience hands-on mindfulness activities. Mindfulness activities with children can reduce bullying, increase focus, and improve well-being and social skills.

Karen Shanoski, Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA
Partnering with parents is essential to student's success in all learning environments. Participants will discuss practical strategies for use that support family leadership and their child's learning beginning in early childhood settings. Ideas that promote partnerships among family members, school and community program staff will be discussed. Participants will understand the distinction between random acts of parent involvement and intentional process that meaningfully engages families with their children's learning.

When you support NAFSCE, you are supporting initiatives that have the potential to change the way our country thinks about the family’s role in our children’s education. 
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