9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Innovations in Family Engagement: Parents, Partners, Policies and Practices
Pedro Rivera, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Vito Borrello, Executive Director for the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
Erin Derr, PA Department of Education, Title I, Statewide Parent Advisory Council
Sarah Holland, PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
Sue Polojac, PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
Join us for a lively conversation about evolutions in effective family engagement that involve systems wide efforts. Secretary Rivera will address the importance of family engagement in student learning and success. 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.