Family Engagement

LEA to LEA Webinar Series: Family Engagement 2015-2016

  • August 28th, 2015
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“When parents are involved, attentive, and have high aspirations, their children tend to be the ones that do better” (Epstein, 2008). Providing families with opportunities to become partners in their children’s learning takes commitment and planning from both educators and families. During these hour-long webinars, members of Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) throughout Pennsylvania, along with PaTTAN educational consultants, will share current practices and strategies for other LEAs to consider as a means to effectively engage families to support student learning. LEAs will share their rationale as well as the effects of their practices. This webinar series is designed for school administrators, teachers, and others interested in learning how Pennsylvania leaders are engaging families to effect student learning. Hear of their successes, creative ideas, challenges, and results.

A description of each webinar, by topic, is listed below.

To register to attend any of the sessions, please go to the PaTTAN training calendar or click on the session title listed below. Upon registering, you will receive information regarding participation for the webinar(s) you selected to attend. Each session listed below will be recorded and available for asynchronous viewing.

Culturally Responsive Approaches to Engaging Families
Recorded on October 14, 2015 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds poses unique challenges to educators. During this webinar, members of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) along with PaTTAN educational consultants shared practices and strategies for other LEAs to consider as a means to effectively engage all families in the school community. Specific strategies regarding how to build upon community assets and incorporate cultural knowledge into family engagement efforts were highlighted.

Introducing Special Education to Families
Recorded on November 12, 2015 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Learning to navigate the many facets of special education can be daunting to families. During this webinar, members of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) along with PaTTAN educational consultants will share effective practices and strategies for other LEAs to consider as a means to support families in understanding special education terminology, legal requirements, and timelines. Increasing families’ knowledge and understanding is important to establishing partnerships with educators in support of student learning.

What Administrators Need to Know About Family Engagement
Recorded on January 13, 2016 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Family engagement is critical to a child’s success in school, but it remains one of the most challenging areas to authentically cultivate and sustain in most schools. A myriad of resources and tools have recently been developed by the United States Department of Education, national organizations, and PaTTAN to support LEAs implementation of effective family engagement practices. During this webinar, members of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) along with PaTTAN educational consultants will share their implementation strategies using the available resources and tools.

Math Instruction to Support Student Success
Recorded on March 10, 2016 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Engaging families substantively in their children’s math learning can be rewarding. During this webinar session, members of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) along with PaTTAN educational consultants will share practices and strategies for other LEAs to consider as a means to engage families, so they can actively support math learning at home.

School Efforts to Partner with Families
Recorded on May 11, 2016 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
School staff who are prepared to engage in partnerships with families honor families’ knowledge, help in creating a welcoming environment, and connect family events and activities directly to student learning. During this webinar, members of a Local Educational Agency (LEA) along with PaTTAN educational consultants will share novel strategies for other LEAs to consider as a means to partner with families. Strategies such as increasing communication opportunities, accessing community services, and social marketing within your district to connect with the families will be shared.

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