Family Involvement Conference
October 10-13, 2021
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Because of the ongoing pandemic, the 45th Annual Family Involvement Conference will not take place in 2021 as planned. In its place, we have partnered with several organizations to conduct a series of virtual events.
As conditions transition towards normalcy, we will resume our annual conference.
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Monday, October 28

Darryl C. Green

Deep Forgiveness: Looking Through A Different Set Of Lenses

Darryl C. Green
American Author, Coach, and Speaker

Darryl C. Green is an American author, coach and speaker who has transformed the lives of many on domestic and international platforms with his message of healing, reconciliation and Deep Forgiveness. He is the President and Principal Consultant for Deep Forgiveness a non-profit organization established to serve in the restoration of families, economic empowerment for the disenfranchised and a staunch proponent for libertarian reconciliation and forgiveness. Green has been pegged by industry professionals as an innovative change agent on mental health, healing, social welfare and restorative justice.

Green's notoriety and passion for his work have established him as an acclaimed and highly sought lecturer and presenter at collegiate institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

Green's collegiate and scholarly accomplishments include a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice with special interest in Crime and Delinquency Prevention and Control from Coppin State University, Master's Degree in Social Work with special interest in Urban Children, Youth and Families from Morgan State University and a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Pfeiffer University in Misenhiemer, North Carolina. Green currently serves on staff as Professor at Morgan State University in the School of Social Work Graduate Program.

Tuesday, October 29

Dare to be King: Celebrating the Critical Role Father's Play in Their Children's Lives

David Miller
Dare To Be King Project

David Miller is the social media consultant for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, an effort through the Federal Government to elevate the importance of fatherhood engagement. He leads intergenerational conversations focused on the fatherhood journey, co-parenting, mental health, managing anger, decision making, healthy relationships and alternatives to violence. A Baltimore native, Miller has received international acclaim for Dare to Be King: What If the Prince Lives. A Survival Workbook for African American Males, a thought provoking, 52-week curriculum teaching adolescent males how to survive and thrive in toxic environments. Miller has a Bachelor's Degree from The University of Baltimore and a Master's Degree from Goucher College.

Currently, a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University, Miller has written several children's books, including Khalil's Way, The Green Family Farm, Gabe & His Green Thumb & They Look Like Me (coloring book). Other books he's written include Lessons We Learned from Our Fathers, Raising Him Alone (Strategies for single mothers raising a male child) and Healing the Healer: Self-care Manual for Professionals in the Field (in press Spring 2020).

Miller is a married father of three living in Washington, DC.
David Miller

Wednesday, October 30

Equitable Family, School, and Community Engagement for School Improvement

Susan Shaffer
Susan Shaffer
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.

Susan has been a nationally recognized expert for more than four decades. Her transformational work in public schools has centered on the development of comprehensive technical assistance for system wide change, training on educational equity and culturally responsive pedagogy and practice, school climate and culture, family, school, and community engagement, and multicultural gender-related issues. Susan is a board member of the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement (co-founder), School of Education, Bowie State University, MD, the MD Women's Heritage Center, and Harmony through Education. An adjunct faculty member at Howard University, Susan has received numerous awards for her service, leadership, and significant contribution to curricular materials on women. She holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Karmen Rouland
Karmen Rouland
Girls Prep, Inc.

Dr. Rouland provides training for educational institutions on issues regarding culturally responsive family engagement, bias, privilege, and the teacher diversity pipeline. Previously, Dr. Rouland provided policy and data support to the District of Columbia special education teachers while working at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Dr. Rouland has published peer-review journal articles on educational equity issues. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University. Dr. Rouland received her B.S. from Howard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor. Currently, Dr. Rouland services on the Board of Directors for Girls Prep, Inc.

Concurrent Sessions

Monday's Sessions

  • Let's Talk! Using the Café Model to Engage Families
  • Making the Connection: Engaging Culturally Diverse Families
  • Introduction to Special Education and FERPA
  • Bilingual Community Parent Involvement Specialist
  • No More Guessing: Creating Family Involvement Opportunities Based on What Families Want and Need
  • Welcoming All Families: It's All About Relationships!
  • Making Meaningful Connections with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
  • What is FAMILIES TO THE MAX Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network
  • The Family Hub Model for Family Engagement
  • Building Parent Leaders with Learning Parties
  • Games Around the World
  • Barriers and Benefits to Father Engagement
  • Family Engagement: Reaching More Families at the Secondary Level
  • Engaging Families Through Student-Led Conferences and Events
  • Differentiated Family Engagement

Tuesday's Sessions

  • Engaging and Empowering our Birth-5 Community
  • Connecting with Families
  • The Protectors, Motivators and Weight Lifters! Help, I Am a Grandparent!
  • Unique Bilingual Parent Involvement Program
  • When Spiderwebs Unite
  • Engaging Multicultural and Multilingual Families
  • Picture Books that Promote Diversity and Equality
  • Family: This Work Can Not Be Done Without US
  • 360 Degrees of Connectivity
  • STEM Career Exploration 101
  • Finding Their Place: Helping Families During the College Transition
  • Building Bridges: The Importance of Culture, Community and Collaboration
  • Kindergarten Preparation Inventory - How to prepare my child for school
  • The Power Of Storytelling
  • Give Them Something Great to Imitate

Wednesday's Sessions

  • Parent Panel - PARENT POWER (What Will You Do With Yours?)
  • Equitable Family, School, and Community Engagement for School Improvement
Sessions are subject to change