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Scaffolding: The Key to Engaging ALL Families in and Out of School

Monday, July 22, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Scaffolding: The Key to Engaging ALL Families in and Out of School

Presented by Ilana Steinhauer, Executive Director, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires; and Rebecca Honig, Chief Content and Curriculum Officer, ParentPowered

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Family engagement requires parents and caregivers to navigate a wide range of new systems and experiences, with very little support. As educators, we often aren’t aware of how caregivers experience the school environment and may take for granted that everyone understands the processes, procedures, and expectations that are commonplace to us. This can create unintentional barriers for many families.

During this interactive and resource-rich edLeader Panel, we’ll share ways to scaffold family engagement so that families have what they need in order to access resources, navigate systems, and partner in their child’s learning. Attend this session to:

  • Understand how scaffolding helps adults create agency and supports incremental and sustainable engagement with families
  • Discover the often-invisible foundations necessary for families to engage, including trusting relationships, access to basic needs, language support, and technology
  • Learn practical strategies for scaffolding family engagement across a wide range of environments, including school and community

Join us to unlock the power of scaffolding to create a supportive, collaborative environment that empowers every family! This edLeader Panel will be of interest to PreK-12 school and district leaders, librarians, school counselors and social workers, and those in parent/community involvement, family engagement, and school improvement roles. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Ilana Steinhauer

About the Presenters

Ilana Steinhauer serves as Executive Director of VIM Berkshires. Along with the standard ED responsibilities, she also acts as Director of Medical Services, coordinating patient care across all medical service areas and providing acute and chronic care. In 2016, Ilana helped launch Berkshire Area Support of the Immigrant Community (BASIC), a group that works to ensure Berkshire County is a place where the immigrant community can thrive. She is also a board member of Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network and Berkshire Taconic’s Eagle Fund. With an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and BS and MS degrees in nursing from Simmons College, Ilana began her career as a nurse with The Medical Group/Harvard Vanguard Associates-Beverly, MA, later returning there as a nurse practitioner. Ilana is bilingual in Spanish.

Rebecca Honig

Rebecca Honig is the Chief Content and Curriculum Officer at ParentPowered. She has authored numerous curricula, parent guides, and children’s storybooks for Sesame Workshop, Scholastic, Disney, Compass Learning, PBS, WGBH, HITN, Nickelodeon, Mo Willems, and The Norman Rockwell Museum. She has also served as a Curriculum and Content Specialist for Sesame Street and spent ten years teaching in public, private, and after-school programs. Rebecca has a master’s degree in early childhood education from Bank Street.

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Research shows that families play a powerful role in fostering children’s development. ParentPowered is on a mission to help K–12 districts provide accessible, evidence-based family engagement curriculum, without adding more to teachers’ plates. Our program — for PreK through grade 12 — supports, inspires, and activates parents and caregivers with simple, strengths-based insights they can turn into everyday teachable moments. Learn more and request a demo at

Free resources to help families successfully navigate school

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