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The Power of Family Partnerships: Engaging in the Six Essential Building Blocks
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Melissa Williamson, M.Ed., Special Project Manager, Frog Street Press
Hosted by Stephen Fite, Award-Winning Musician/Writer
Sponsored by Frog Street Press
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Family engagement is increasingly recognized as the “missing link” to school improvement. Families and schools should actively engage in dialogue about the complementary responsibilities and strive to reach agreement on family roles as consumers of education, partners in student learning, and advocates for high performance. The United States Department of Education issued: Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships. Hear from Melissa Williamson, M.Ed., Special Project Manager, Frog Street Press, LLC, about the five essential supports that are recommended within the framework:
- Leadership as the driver of change
- Building professional capacity
- Family and community ties
- Student-centered learning climate
- Family instructional guidance
Researchers agree, many families, especially those in high-need areas, say that although they want to support their children, they do not know what to do to engage in their children’s learning and school improvement. Likewise, often school officials are perplexed about engaging families. In this edWebinar, school leaders, teachers, and auxiliary staff will have an opportunity to explore six building blocks of family engagement. Come and explore concepts that are proven to build capacity for your campus.
About the Presenter
Melissa Williamson, M.Ed., is the special project manager for Frog Street Press. Her work currently includes supporting campus leaders in developing and executing their family engagement plans. Additionally, she has experience as a child development associate credential instructor, child development center director, head start director of curricula & service design, and is a master trainer for the Texas Trainer Registry. She currently serves as the president of the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children and is a University of Texas at San Antonio faculty member and current doctoral candidate researching family engagement. She previously led the team that was responsible for NAEYC accreditation of the first four Head Start centers in San Antonio to accomplish this feat. Her recent journal article highlighted her work in the High School to CDA project in San Antonio. In 2015 she was awarded the Susan Hargrove Trainer of the Year by the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children and has received various service awards from the United States Army during her husband Larry’s 22 years of service.
About the Host
Stephen Fite is an award-winning musician/writer whose albums have received eighteen nationally recognized honors. Suitable for the classroom, car or living room, his upbeat brand of children’s music has been delighting students, teachers and parents around the nation for three decades.
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