Sharing Our Practices: Family/School Partnerships

Event details
February 20th, 2013 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST

Many around the country are engaged in efforts to strengthen family-school partnerships--teaming up for student success.  Join this web event hosted by the National Center for Literacy Education to hear about three different school-based initiatives to increase family engagement and partnerships between school, home, and community.  The members of this panel discussion will be sharing both their successes and their challenges, engaging in a dialogue about the past, present, and future of their respective efforts.  Panelists and audience members will have the opportunity to learn with and from one another—sharing lived experiences and discussing questions of practice.

Panelists include:

Jacinda Crawmer, Urbana School District 116 Staff Development Coordinator, and Scott Woods, Urbana Middle School principal, Illinois. They will be sharing the story behind the middle school’s recent Lesson Studio for Parents event that provided parents with the opportunity to observe a full English Language-Arts lesson as a group, and then discuss their observations and questions with one another and with the teachers who conducted the lesson.


D’Lisa Crain, Administrator of Washoe County School District’s Department of Family-School Partnerships, & Maria Fernandez, Program Coordinator, Parent University, Nevada.  They will be describing the district’s Parent University initiative that is now in its second year of implementation.  The school district and community partners provide a menu of courses for parents to select from, falling within categories such as “family health and wellness” and “navigation of the educational system.”


Lynn Vineyard, Director of Creighton School District’s Community Education Department, Arizona. The Academic Parent Teacher Team or APTT model of parent engagement had its beginnings in this district in 2009.  Developed by Dr. Maria Paredes, this model replaces traditional parent-teacher conferences with evening workshops led by the classroom teacher.  During the workshop, the teacher leads parents through a series of activities including analysis of their child’s recent achievement data, the setting of SMART goals for their child, and practicing strategies to help their child achieve the set goals.

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