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

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General Session

Evidence-based Family Engagement
Vito Borello
National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school districts and Title I schools must use evidence-based family engagement strategies to engage parents and families in education. NAFSCE plays in integral role in educating the field around evidence-based strategies while sharing existing practices that are being implemented in local school systems, schools, and communities. Take part in this national dialogue and help to influence how we approach evidence-based strategies for family engagement.
Heritage Room
10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

7:30 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.
Ballroom A+B
9:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Increasing Academic Success through Reducing Chronic Absence
Caroline Allen
PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network
Ballroom C
Attendance Counts! Did you know that chronic student absence predicts lower school achievement even in kindergarten? Hear about how parents, schools and afterschool can work together to nurture a culture of attendance and ensure students do not miss learning. Research-based strategies and supportive approaches will inform parents as to the educational consequences of chronic absences.
Be Prepared: Getting Ready for Your Child's IEP Meeting
Jennifer Geibel
Harris Room
The best way to build feelings of confidence and empowerment for families participating in IEP meetings is to ensure that they are prepared for the meeting in advance. At this session, you will learn strategies so you are ready to fully participate in your childís IEP meeting. Topics discussed will include: what to bring to the meeting, questions to prepare, and highlights from sections of the IEP. Participants will also be referred to readily available resources that can assist in the process. Being prepared for the IEP meeting will enable you to have an active voice in the development of an effective IEP for your son or daughter.
Community Engagement Vision Board
Jeanette Davis
D.I.V.A S Ministry Group
Cameron Room
Creating a vision board with parents, children and family to relate the importance establishing community socialism. The importance of each personís participation in creating a more conducive unified society through family and community bonds will be emphasized.
11:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Ballrooms A+B