Family Involvement Conference
October 14-17, 2018
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Session Descriptions - Tuesday

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Keynote Speakers

Re-Thinking Parent and Family Engagement
Quibila Divine, Founder and President, The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc
Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Multicultural and Urban Education, Drexel University
Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education, Neumann University
Overcoming barriers to families' participation and empowering families through education may seem like difficult tasks for anyone who does not fully understand the families served. This keynote address will describe the various stages of the Engagement Cycle and provide an understanding of what is needed to help increase effective family, school and community collaboration.
Ballrooms A+B
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
7:30 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.
Ballroom A+B
10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
Introduction to Special Education and knowing your rights
JoAnne Eggleston, Philadelphia School District
Cathy Roccia-Meier, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Ballroom C
This workshop will identify the criteria for special education, describe the disability categories in accordance with the Disabilities Act (IDEA), define special education process and what to do if you suspect a child is in need of special education services and your rights as a parent of a child with special needs.
All Alone! Why arenít you engaging your community?
Dennis M. Williams, Jr.
Hatboro-Horsham School District
Ballroom D
This session is designed to assist school leaders and parent advocates in the multitude of opportunities to engage their local and regional community partners in a way that has significant impact in the schools they serve.
Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM): A Family Affair
Donna A Quatman-Wilder, Frederick County Public Schools MD
Marta Droddy, Retired Title I Teacher Specialist for Family Involvement
Ballroom E
Trolls have invaded. Join us to find out how STEM can be a fun family affair. Use your skills in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) to find the Trolls. You will be participating in hands-on activities which you can use in your home, school, or community. We will measure footprints, test powders, build catapults and more.
Family Engagement & Conflict Management
DeAnna McCall
Washington School for Girls
Harris Room
The goal of this presentation is to introduce parents, teachers, counselors, administrative staff about different skills and techniques that they can employ in addressing Conflict with students and parents to enhance the partnership between parent, teacher and child through an individualized/personal approach.
7 Ways to celebrate Reading at Home
Deloris Penn, Dedicated 2 Success
Annette Anderson, York City School District
Cameron Room
Participants will seven explore seven effective educational practices using resources in and around the home to support a rich literacy environment.
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Ballrooms A+B
1:15 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Parent Leadership & Advocacy for Change through Empowerment (PLACE) Training Model
Leigh Carlson-Hernandez and Janell Smith-Jones
University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
Ballroom C
In this presentation we will discuss the curriculum design and implementation of Parent Leadership and Advocacy for Change through Empowerment training model (PLACE). PLACE training is for parents and caregivers involved with family service agencies. The curriculum is a culmination of various leadership and advocacy training models and resources. Post training all PLACE Participants are supported through an alumni network to connect to leadership opportunities in the community and continued leadership growth. The training goal of PLACE is to increase the potential for parents to build community leadership and use family voice to advocate for changes around mental health, poverty, incarceration and other family issues.
Working with Children Affected by Violence
Tammy Rodgers
Domestic Violence Service Center
Ballroom D
This presentation is designed to provide information and facts concerning children who have witnessed violence, whether it be at school, at home, or with a peer.
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Meeting our Students and Families Where They Are
Carrie Martin and Rebecca Slavinsky
Susquehanna Township School District
Ballroom E
This presentation will focus on three components to building a healthy relationship with your students and families. The first component is relatability, are you creating a culturally aware classroom? The second component is connections, are you making meaningful connections with your students and families. And the third component is parent and school partnership, are you helping families connect with community resources?
If you build it, they will come: A PAC Success Story
Janine Macklin and Emily Smith
Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School
Harris Room
Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School takes pride in engaging, empowering, and supporting parents to create a stronger school and community environment. We will provide guidance on how to effectively create or reenergize your PAC, what is necessary to retain it, and thoughts for future success. We will present a road map for success which will include specific practices used, as well as highlight various challenges we overcame. Ample time for questions and discussion will be given allowing our PAC Advisor and parent presenters to address your needs.
Working with Families and their Communities to Cultivate Creativity and Innovation in Young Learners
Stephanie Smith Budhai and Laura McLaughlin Taddei
Neumann University
Cameron Room
According to the 21st Century Framework, students need innovation skills to be able to live and work effectively in our complex and global society. Preparing students in the early years will help ensure their ability to be productive 21st century citizens. Since students learn in the home and community, in addition to their classrooms, it is important that young learners are developing these skills outside of the classroom. The purpose of this session is to provide strategies, sample projects, and tools to work with families and the surrounding community to cultivate creativity and innovation in young learners. Some topics that will be covered include developing home makerspaces, multidimensional community-based project and service-learning, risk-taking, allowing student choice, and digital tools that can serve as a catalyst to create, innovate, and share learning with families. The presenters also published a book resource titled "Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community" published through ISTE, that attendees could explore to extend the strategies of the workshop.
2:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Taking off with STEAM Activities
Winnie Black
Center for Schools and Communities
Ballroom C
Parents/participants will have fun completing three air bound activities defying gravity that their kids will love.
Enjoying Children
Gail Joan Cohen and Gary A. Cohen
Ballroom D
We will share my almost 80 years of insights, tricks, hints and lessons learned to make your life a bit easier, less stressful and more fun.
What are you waiting for?
Dennis Williams
Hatboro-Horsham School District
Ballroom E
The benefits of engaging students and families in the education process is clear and the research consistently supports the impact. So, why isn't it happening? What are the barriers and why are we NOT coming up with clear and decisive ways to break down those barriers? This session will provide some insight, clear examples and usable strategies to begin developing a collaborative culture between home and school.
The Roundtable Discussion
Quibila Divine
Harris Room
By now, you have attended a few workshops and you are beginning to make new connections. Our session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss with others: 1) how to use the information obtained at this conference, 2) the best way to follow-up with new contacts, and 3) any other questions you may have. Join us, network and be prepared to hit the ground running when you return to your "normal".
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Ballrooms A+B
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Hospitality Suite
Heritage Room