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A School-Family-Community Engagement Conference for Washington State

From the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust:

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United for Student Success

  • Saturday, October 10
  • 8 am to 3 pm
  • Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, Everett, WA 98203. Map
  • Cost: $125 professional rate (6 clock hours for K-12 staff; 6 STARS for early learning)
  • Event volunteers get in free! A limited number of parent scholarships are available, courtesy of the Tulalip Tribes. Please contact info@wafamilyengagement.org to confirm eligibility

REGISTER NOW!

  • Breakfast buffet and lunch included
Morning breakout sessions:

Engaging Pre-School Families ꟾ How Families Can Promote Children’s Language Development ꟾ Partnering for Special Education Success ꟾ Engaging African-American Parents ꟾ Reset Families: Bringing Home Positive Intervention ꟾ Parents Come to Class ꟾ Working With Interpreters and Translators

Afternoon breakout sessions:

Understanding Equity in Education ꟾ Top 10 Practices to Engage all Parents ꟾ How to Improve Kids’ Motivation to Learn ꟾ Conversations About Race with Young Children ꟾ What is the Natural Leaders Program? ꟾ How to Get Kids into College ꟾ Parent Ambassadors

Who should come? Educators, early learning providers, parents, community groups, school board members, funders and researchers. If you care about kids and how we can better unite behind them, you should be here.

Presented by the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust, www.wafamilyengagement.org

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What does it take to build great partnerships?

Come hear the latest research, build skills, and improve practice. This event is designed for both educator and parent. We cover strategies, parent leadership models, equity, inclusion, diversity and special needs in a dual-capacity framework — that is, we help both school staff and families learn how to partner effectively around student success.

Questions? Contact Adie Simmons, executive director, Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust, info@wafamilyengagement.org; 425-273-1595;

Special Thanks to Our Partners:

  • Everett Public Schools
  • Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle
  • PEMCO
  • Tulalip Tribes

AGENDA: United for Student Success, Oct. 10, 2015

8-8:30 am: Registration

8:30 am: Opening session, Connecting, Sharing and Inspiring – interactive community learning

9-9:50 am: Welcome and keynote

  • Anne T. Henderson, national family engagement expert, with a welcome from Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn

10-11:15 am: Morning breakout sessions

Engaging Pre-School Families ꟾ How Families Can Promote Children’s Language Development ꟾ Partnering for Special Education Success ꟾ Engaging African-American Parents ꟾ Reset Families: Bringing Home Positive Intervention ꟾ Parents Come to Class ꟾ Working With Interpreters and Translators

11:30 am-12:20 pm: Lunch and presentation

12:30-1:45 pm: Afternoon breakout sessions

Understanding Equity in Education ꟾ Top 10 Practices to Engage all Parents ꟾ How to Improve Kids’ Motivation to Learn ꟾ Conversations About Race with Young Children ꟾ What is the Natural Leaders Program? ꟾ How to Get Kids into College ꟾ Parent Ambassadors

2-3 pm: Closing session, Reflecting, Sharing, Uniting –interactive community learning with Anne Henderson

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Course descriptions/Morning sessions

Engaging Pre-school Families – Dr. Gina Lebedeva

When we speak to the needs of families, they are better able to speak to the needs of their children. Similarly, when other professionals can speak to your needs, you can better serve your families. Growing alongside each other in this manner is called parallel process, and using the model can help you develop stronger working relationships with families. We’ll discuss techniques, strength-based tools, and strategies, for instance how to create relationship-based notes to engage and support families, particularly for home visits.  FOCUS: Family engagement strategies

How Families Can Promote Children’s Language Development – Dr. Angela Notari Syverson and Linda Rose Slater

Learn and practice three evidence-based strategies that families can use in everyday conversations to support their child’s development in their home language. Free DVD to take home. FOCUS: Early family engagement, child development strategies

Partnering for Special Education Success – Margo Siegenthaler and Ginger Kwan

Learn how a strong, effective Individual Education Program (IEP) team works together. What does a healthy process for growth and change look like for a student receiving special education services? FOCUS: Diversity and special needs, pre-K through age 21

Engaging African-American Parents – Dr. Stephan Blanford.

FOCUS: Family engagement, multi-cultural models

Reset Families: Bringing Home Positive Intervention – Dr. Gregory J Benner and Sharon Aller

Modeled after the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach used in schools nationwide, and drawing on the principles of trauma-informed parenting and restorative justice, Reset Families gives caregivers a strategic approach to building strong relational connections while preparing children to be accountable for managing their own behavior. This workshop identifies five components of a strong family and reviews activities to support each. It will also look at research findings from the pilot project.  FOCUS: Family engagement, parent leadership, restorative practice

Parents Come to Class – Dr. Stephanie Jones, PhD

Parent Volunteer Mentorship builds community bridges into schools and promotes family engagement through classroom volunteering and cohort-based capacity development. Participants and coordinators of this Community & Parents for Public Schools program will share their perspectives of what works, and why, when working with teachers in a multicultural setting. We will include data from our pilot program in Seattle Public Schools. FOCUS: Parent leadership, multi-cultural models

Working with Interpreters & Translators – Adie Simmons.

FOCUS: Diversity, communication

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Course descriptions/Afternoon sessions

Understanding Equity in Education – Dr. Chris Katayama

What strategies do school staffs use where diversity is growing exponentially? This presentation gives insight, with particular attention to approaches emphasized in preparation courses for aspiring principals and program administrators. Objectives: Understand what “equity” means, what the challenges are among school leaders addressing equity, and how to contribute or collaborate toward the goal of equity for all students. FOCUS: Diversity, equity, multi-cultural students and families

Top 10 Practices to Engage all Parents – Adie Simmons. FOCUS: Parent engagement strategies

How to Improve Kids’ Motivation to Learn – Dr. Wayne Benenson

Research on student success points to three interrelated strands of learning: knowledge (new information), skill development (new behaviors) and dispositions (new internal attitudes). Schools tend to focus mostly on the knowledge strand; skills and dispositions are difficult to define and measure. However, recent research-based tools from psychology and educational neuroscience can train children in non-cognitive behaviors such as plasticity—or the way the brain changes physically during learning This session will present strategies and exercises on skills and dispositions to improve student motivation and engagement. This session includes in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and critical thinking. FOCUS: Diversity, parent engagement in learning

Conversations About Race with Young Children – Dawn Williams

Young children notice diversity, and families play an important role in helping them understand race and culture. We will discuss messages sent to young children about race, learn about racial identity development, and – through role play – explore ways families can address race with children. FOCUS: Diversity

What is the Natural Leaders Program? – Natural Leaders Washington Alliance for Better Schools

Natural Leaders start with listening. Parents themselves, they ask families what they need to succeed in school. Then they team up with schools and community groups to implement those ideas, and to create support networks for students. Natural Leaders are also learners themselves, mastering public speaking, meeting facilitation and conflict resolution, for starters. FOCUS: Family engagement; parent leadership; multi-cultural models

How to Get Kids Into College – Charles Hoff

It all centers on a plan, and that starts with research: Which colleges are good fits? Which might help cover costs? It also requires engaging families early in the admissions process. This session has practical advice for families and models strategies that school staff can use in college counseling. FOCUS: Family engagement, college planning

Make Your Parent Voice Heard – Lori Pittman, Parent Ambassadors

Learn about this intensive, yearlong advocacy program where parents train parents in communications, leadership, legislative advocacy and grassroots organizing, and where parents lead advocacy efforts at the state and federal level for investments in early learning and related children and family concerns. FOCUS: Family engagement and parent leadership

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Presenters:

Sharon Aller, former executive director of Rebound of Whatcom County, is pursuing her PhD and piloting a home-based approach to Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. At Rebound, Ms Aller provided families advocacy, skills and resources to help them step out of poverty. CLASS: Reset Families: Bringing Home Positive Intervention

Dr. Wayne Benenson is a professor of education and department chair at Argosy University. He studied political science and government at UC Berkeley and earned his doctorate from the University of Idaho. His dissertation was a quantitative study of peer mediation. Dr. Benenson also serves on the board of the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust. CLASS: How to Improve Kids’ Motivation to Learn

Dr. Gregory J Benner, PhD, is a professor and Executive Director of the Center for Strong Schools at the University of Washington-Tacoma. Dr. Benner specializes in preventive, systemic and sustainable approaches to meeting the needs of the whole child, particularly those with emotional and behavorial disorders. CLASS: Reset Families: Bringing Home Positive Intervention

Dr. Stephan Blanford, EdD, is principal and co-owner at Lighthouse Consulting, a provider of equity-based research, evaluation and consultation services to school districts and community based nonprofit organizations. He is also serves on the Seattle School Board. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. CLASS: Engaging African-American Parents

Anne T. Henderson, national researcher, family engagement expert, and co-author of best-sellers Beyond the Bake Sale and A New Wave of Evidence CLASSES: Morning group presentation; afternoon learning community

Charles Hoff is a former school board member, deputy superintendent and college admissions counselor. Since 1999 he has been conducting seminars to teach parents and students how to get financial aid and how to secure spots at some of the finest colleges in the world. CLASS: How to Get Kids Into College

Dr. Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor at the UW College of Education, focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relationships, and equity-based reform. She co-leads the UW Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project CLASS: Lunch presentation

Dr. Stephanie Jones, PhD, worked as a middle school and high school teacher, education researcher, and consultant on school improvement before taking on executive leadership of Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle. She earned her doctorate in Human Development and Social Policy (Education Policy) from Northwestern University. She has three children. CLASS: Parents Come Class: The Power of Parent Development

Dr. Chris Katayama is a former high school principal of the year and has been recognized as a leader among women in education by Phi Delta Kappa International. Currently with the School of Education at City University of Seattle, Katayama has taught in Honolulu and Puyallup, served as assistant principal at Federal Way High School, and as principal at Tyee High School in the Highline School District. She serves as an equity advisor for the Professional Educators Standards Board and has long advocated for resources, support and opportunities for students, particularly those whose families are challenged navigating traditional school systems. CLASS: Understanding Equity in Education.

Ginger Kwan is a parent of a child with special needs and founder of Open Doors for Multicultural Families, a nonprofit providing workshops and advocacy resources to diverse families throughout Greater Seattle. CLASS: Partnering for Special Education Success

Dr. Gina Lebedeva, PhD, CCC-SLP, uses an interdisciplinary approach to support families and professionals in early learning. A practicing early intervention speech-language pathologist, she uses the lense of infant mental health and coaching. She teaches in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington and was the founding director of Translation, Outreach and Education at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. She holds a PhD and MS in speech and hearing sciences from the UW, and a Magna Cum Laude BS from Cornell University. She has three children. CLASSES: Engaging Pre-School Families

Natural Leaders, part of the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, are teams of parents focused on connecting with families of all cultures and working with families, schools and community groups to improve the school experience. CLASS: A Natural Approach to Home-School Partnerships

Lori Pittman has made the federal and state early learning programs of Head Start and ECEAP her life’s work. For more than 21 years she’s been working in its multi-generational approach, and in 2013 she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her vision and commitment. Currently, she is an Early Learning Policy and Advocacy Senior Advisor at the Puget Sound Educational Service District and serves as director of the WA State Parent Ambassadors. CLASS: Make Your Parent Voice Heard: Parent Ambassadors

Margo Siegenthaler is the special education ombuds for Seattle Public Schools. She has worked at the school and district level for three decades, designing materials and outreach strategies to engage families. She also serves on the board for the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust. CLASS: Partnering for Special Education Success

Adie Simmons, M. Ed, is the founder and executive director of the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust. She was also the founding director of the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman – a state agency within the Governor’s Office – and the founding director of Seattle Public Schools’ Office of Family and Community Partnerships. A former pre-school, ELL and Spanish language teacher, she has over 25 years of experience working with public schools, families, non-profits, and serving on numerous local and state boards. CLASSES: Working with Interpreters & Translators; Top 10 Practices to Engage all Families

Linda Rose Slater is a Head Start curriculum writer at the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning and board president for the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust. CLASS: Conversations at Home: How Families Can Promote Children’s Language Development

Dr. Angela Notari Syverson, PhD, is lead curriculum specialist at the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning at the UW. She has expertise in early language and literacy development and assessment, and has worked as a speech and language pathologist in Seattle Public Schools. CLASS: Conversations at Home: How Families Can Promote Children’s Language Development

Dawn Williams is a curriculum developer at the Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center, where she drafts professional development materials and trains early childhood professionals. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Washington studying leadership and policy. CLASS: Conversations About Race With Young Children

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