Relationship, Communication and Partnership: Keys to Effective Family Engagement

Speakers: Francine Dutrisac, MLS, M.Ed.

*This speaker will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

Finding ways to reach and connect with historically underserved or marginalized populations, including Black, Latinx, and economically disadvantaged students and families, as well as those with language backgrounds other than English, is important for educators at any and all times. Building relationships, establishing two-way communication and developing strong partnerships with all families are the keys addressed in this session.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; 12 Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals; Other (ESL teachers)

Speakers’ Bio: 


As the PaTTAN’s MTSS English Learner State Lead,
Francine Dutrisac utilized over thirty years of experience in ESL/ELD education to provide technical assistance to the field. Dutrisac has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history at the Universit√© d’Ottawa, a Master’s Degree in Teaching & Curriculum from Penn State University, a Master’s Degree in Library Science from McGill University, and an ESL certification from Messiah College. Prior to her current position, Dutrisac occupied numerous roles related to ESL/ELD for Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 including Family Educator, Assessment Coordinator, ESL Teacher, District ESL Coach, Staff Developer/Title II I Coordinator, and ESL Consultant focusing on English Learner Initiatives. She also worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Technical Assistance Facilitator and as an adjunct professor where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses to future ESL/ELD educators at Shippensburg University and York College.Dutrisac is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.