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Authentic Family Engagement: A Model for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Authentic Family Engagement: A Model for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Presented by Pam Allyn, Co-Founder, Dewey; Dr. Ernest Morrell, Professor and Associate Dean of Humanities and Equity, Notre Dame University; and Yalitza Vasquez, Co-Founder, Dewey

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In a year that brought trauma and separation to all of us, we could still see the shining light of the family system in all its complex and layered diversity and how this system fuels the success of an entire school district and community. In this edWebinar, Pam Allyn, award-winning literacy leader, innovator and author of many books for parents, caregivers and educators, Yalitza Vasquez, renowned English learners and family engagement leader, and Dr. Ernest Morrell, Associate Dean of Humanities and Equity at Notre Dame University,  share their vision for a new era of family inclusion and equity.

They share best practices, principles and a new solution for how to link families to the life of the school and schools to the life of the family. They discuss the confluence of academics, linguistic diversity, cultural responsiveness and social-emotional learning and how to take transformational steps to building a world for children and young adults that resonates with the shared power of this vital partnership. Viewers will leave with a new framework for schools and families with a set of fresh and practical tools for authentic family engagement and learning.

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Pam AllynAbout the Presenters

Pam Allyn, Co-Founder of Dewey, is an award-winning education innovator, author of books for families and educators, public speaker and experienced business executive in the area of educational products and sales. She is the founder of the award-winning global nonprofit organization LitWorld. Pam has proven success in creating and scaling programs such as LitCamp and World Read Aloud Day. Her books include Your Child’s Writing Life (Penguin), Best Books for Boys (Scholastic), and Every Child a Super Reader (Scholastic) co-authored with Dr. Ernest Morrell.


Ernest MorellDr. Ernest Morrell is a nationally recognized, award-winning scholar, author, public speaker, researcher and practitioner. A professor and associate dean of humanities and equity at Notre Dame University, Dr. Morrell is one of our country’s most acclaimed leaders in best practices in child development, literacy and learning. He is the author of more than 100 research articles and many books including Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community (Columbia, 2020) and Every Child a Super Reader (Scholastic) co-authored with Pam Allyn.


Yalitza VasquezYalitza Vasquez, Co-Founder of Dewey, has transformed the landscape of multilingual education and family engagement. She served as the senior executive director of Division of English Language Learners for the New York City Department of Education and most recently as Vice President of Education for TEG on statewide and districtwide edtech projects from conception to implementation. Yalitza has committed the last 18 years to working on behalf of multilingual students and families to ensure they graduate with a high-quality education that is equitable, rigorous, and that values their cultural and linguistic assets. She received her master’s degree in education leadership and policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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