Empowering Families Through Early Engagement
Nyanda Finley de Santos, Amanda Steele
Innovation 1 - Third Floor
Participants will understand key touchpoints in engaging families (Birth to 5). Participants will identify the differences between participation, involvement, and engagement. Participants will learn strategies to support families on their path to self-empowerment.
Brief Description: Through this dynamic presentation participants will be offered an opportunity to reflect on their current practices and given a glimpse into the future of Family Engagement starting in the early years. Empowering families is the key to successful cradle to career outcomes for their children.
Target Audience: Family Advocates/Workers, Teachers, School Administrators, Early Childhood Professionals, Volunteers
Engaging Families Beyond Elementary School in Middle and High School
Dr. Sheila Jackson
Innovation 2 - Third Floor
Learning Objective 1: Participants will examine their perceptions and expectations about the assumed "decline" in family engagement as students progress from elementary to middle and high school.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will experience a deep dive into evidence from research that both supports and debunks the assumption and perception of the "decline" in family engagement as children progress to higher grades.
Learning Objective 3: Participants will walk away with relevant strategies and tips to employ that reinforce the importance of shared responsibility to build and sustain family engagement across students' academic lives.
Knowing WHETHER parent/family engagement actually declines between elementary school - middle school and middle school - high school can illuminate how parent/family engagement must be embraced differently as children grow older and expectations shift all around them. In order to make sure we proactively ensure that there is no decline in student achievement and psycho-social development between the elementary and secondary school years, we will uncover the "non-negotiables" for building and sustaining effective home-school partnerships beyond elementary school in this interactive session.
Targeted Audience: Parents,Teachers, Principals, Faith-Based, Family Engagement Professionals and Community Partners
Engaging Families: An Early Intervention Perspective
Innovation 3 - Third Floor
Early intervention services are vital to promote the growth and learning of young children with identified developmental delays. Identifying children at an early age is important as we can maximize their potential and give families and caregivers the tools and support to foster their child's growth and development.
During this session, we will discuss building and promoting a positive working partnership between early intervention professionals and families and the benefits of empowering families to foster their child's development. This session will explain how using a coaching model supports families and caregivers to work on target skills during the child's daily routines and activities, making a far greater impact.
We will discuss the barriers to this process including how to address and work through them to support families with young children.
This session will touch upon adult learning and how understanding this concept will help promote a healthy, working relationship where the child's and family's needs and priorities are the focus.
The targeted audience includes home visitors, early intervention providers, supervisors and administrators and parents/caregivers.
PDE - Family and Community Engagement
Samantha Rusho, Clarisa Rosario
Innovation 4 - Third Floor
Using the PA Family Engagement Birth through College, Career, Community Ready Framework, participants will understand the components of the framework and how to use it as a tool to guide the implementation of effective practices for family and community engagement.
Define and discus family engagement.
Introduce the PA Family Engagement Framework.
Discuss strategies to address equity in family engagement practices.
Share real life examples of family engagement and leadership development.
Targeted Audience: School Professionals, Community Members, and Families