Family Involvement Conference
October 22-24, 2023
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Key Sessions

Monday, October 23

Dr. Harrison Bailey III

Helping Students Find their Passion and Purpose to Make the Community and World a Better Place

Dr. Harrison Bailey III
Principal, Liberty High School
Dr. Harrison Bailey III is a 50 year old African American family man. He earned post-secondary degrees from Lafayette College, Lehigh University and East Stroudsburg University. Harrison is a 28 year educator and serves as the principal of Liberty High School. He was named the 2021 Principal of the Year for Pennsylvania. Harrison's experiences allowed him to present at the national level. He most recently was featured in the New York Times, on MSNBC, and PBS.

Tuesday, October 24

Fostering Equity and Family Engagement: Listening, Learning, and Leading

Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Schools and Communities
Chief Programs Officer, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

Shileste Overton Morris serves as the director of the Center for Schools and Communities, and the Chief Programs Officer at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, an education service agency, where she leads the organization's equity efforts. The Center provides local, state, national and international services to build capacity in schools, districts, county and state agencies, and other children, youth, and family-serving organizations. Through the provision of professional development, coaching, and technical assistance, the Center supports the improvement of educational and life outcomes for individuals from birth through post-secondary. The Center's work focuses on a continuum of efforts around early childhood care and development, social and emotional learning, educational equity, positive youth development, family support and community service integration, school safety, juvenile justice and youth violence prevention.

Dr. Overton Morris has worked at and with both public and private institutions including nonprofit organizations, foundations, and state government agencies building strategic partnerships and leading innovative work. Overton Morris also serves on a number of national, state, and local boards, and is the author of several publications, including "Girl Grudges: Learning to Forgive and Live," written to help clinicians, parents, and youth development staff who work with adolescent girls regarding female aggression. She has developed a strong repertoire in topics related to strategic leadership, parent engagement, belonging, equity and inclusion, cultural competence, and education leadership. Dr. Overton Morris is a graduate of the Education Policy Leadership Fellowship program sponsored by the Institute for is Educational Leadership, Executives in Residence program sponsored by the Association of Education Service Agencies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Communities Practicing Resiliency, Pennsylvania Private Licensed Schools, and the Education Policy Leadership Institute.

Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D.

Concurrent Sessions

Monday's Sessions

  • Bridging Cultural Divides: The Value of Engagement Through Partnership
  • Family Equity Supports
  • Building a Community
  • Expanding Upon the Capacity to Learn through Reciprocity of Care
  • Empowering Families Through Early Engagement
  • Engaging Families Beyond Elementary School in Middle and High School
  • Engaging Families: An Early Intervention Perspective
  • PDE - Family and Community Engagement

Tuesday's Sessions

  • Empowering Families: Supporting English Language Learners at Home
  • Games from Around the World that Lead to Greater Understanding of Cultures for Families and School Communities
  • Making Connections & Building Capacity of Parents, Family Members, Stakeholders and Advocates with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intentional Strategies for Building Effective Relationships to Form Strong Partnerships
  • Here Comes the Sun: Self-Care for the Caregiver
  • Mindfulness for Families and Schools
  • Tween to Teen Transitions: Engaging with Families Through the Transitions from Middle School through College Career Readiness
  • Enhancing Family Engagement: Strengthening Connections as Families Transition Through Education for Individuals with Disabilities
Sessions are subject to change