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Welcoming Families and Inspiring Collaboration: The Power of Partnership at the Heart of Engagement

Thursday, September 7, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Angelica Mitchell, ELL Teacher, City of St. Charles School District (MO); and Samantha Novak, Teacher, Center City Public Charter Schools (DC)

Sponsored by TalkingPoints

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Creating a welcoming classroom environment that fosters enduring relationships in support of student success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes work, but research and personal educator experiences show that the work is worth it. In fact, family engagement is two times more effective in predicting a student’s success than their family’s socioeconomic status. To quote TalkingPoints Founder and CEO, “Families are the game-changer.” So, what is the best way to make that first connection with each family? And how do we, as educators, ensure the engagement strategies we use with families align with mutual goals?

This edWebinar offers a guide and clear strategies for engaging all families equitably, including through the use of the free TalkingPoints Teacher mobile and web apps. Viewers explore best practices—through their own past experiences, peer discussion, and interactive tasks—for proactive and positive family engagement. Let’s maximize the power of partnership this year in pursuit of student outcomes. You are not alone.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers.

Angelica Mitchell

About the Presenters

Angelica Mitchell is a first-generation Mexican-American from L.A. now embracing the slower rhythms of the Midwest. She has taught for 24 years and during this time she has worked in grades K-6. One of the awesome parts of her job has been supporting second language learners. Angelica considers it a privilege to serve as an advocate for multicultural families.

Samantha Novak

Samantha Novak is currently the middle school science teacher at Center City PCS – Brightwood Campus in Washington, D.C. A native Virginian, Samantha enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she planned to major in PR. While working as a preschool teacher at Reston Montessori School in Reston, VA, she realized that PR was not for her. In 2013, Samantha was accepted into the DC Teaching Fellows program and in the fall, she began teaching PK4 at Thomas Elementary. In 2016, she began teaching middle school science at Center City. After realizing the importance of STEM education, Samantha pursued her master’s in secondary science at the Relay Graduate School of Education, graduating in 2017. Through the New Leaders alumni program, she was awarded the Robots Award, receiving robotics equipment for her students during the pandemic. In the spring of 2023, Samantha was recognized as a finalist for the PAEMST in Washington, D.C.

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TalkingPoints is the leading K-12 two-way translated family engagement and communication platform, offering the highest-quality human- and AI-powered translation in 150 languages. Grounded in research-based best practices, TalkingPoints has fundamentally redesigned family-school partnerships to shift mindsets and build capacity to support students in a scalable, equitable, and low-cost way.

Meaningfully connecting families and teachers by removing technology, language, and capacity barriers.

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