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5 Strategies to Enter the Year with Your Family Engagement Plan Done

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

5 Strategies to Enter the Year with Your Family Engagement Plan Done

Presented by Steven Aviña, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Palm Springs High School (CA); Simón Miera, Senior Partner Success Manager, TalkingPoints; and Kate Pechacek, Senior Director of Partner Success, TalkingPoints

Sponsored by TalkingPoints 

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Back to school is right around the corner, and as a school or district leader, you may be working to finalize strategies and PD plans for the new school year. On the long checklist of things you need to do to prepare for the year—and the people you need to include—what if engaging families became a critical part of expanding your support team instead of an item on the to-do list? As one administrator put it, “Families are the greatest unpaid workforce a school has.”

In this edWebinar, we offer five easy and effective strategies to tap into families and put them—this staff you didn’t even know you had—to work in service of supporting positive student outcomes. These strategies will equip administrators with a proactive plan aligned with the school calendar that will make family engagement grab-and-go from the first day of school to the last. Viewers hear perspectives of school and district leaders and leave with a toolkit of actionable, practical family engagement resources.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 school leaders, district leaders, and education technology leaders.


Steven AviñaAbout the Presenters

Steven Aviña serves as the assistant principal and athletic director at Palm Springs High School, a thriving and diverse school where 80% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 12% are English language learners. As an alumnus and former student athlete, Steven returned to the school to help support its culture of excellence, integrity, and positive community—and his ties to the school run deep. He served as a volunteer and in 2012, became a guidance counselor and assistant coach at the school, working to help student athletes prepare academically for college. Steven exemplifies the school’s mission to ensure students graduate prepared and motivated to succeed in their choice of higher education and career and contribute to the common good; a mission that depends on working in partnership with students, parents, and the community. Steven has an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree from the University of San Diego.


Simón MieraSimón Miera has been in education for over 20 years. He has a passion for providing a voice for students as they learn to navigate their journey and discover their place in the world. He has served as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher for 15 years in New Mexico and Oregon. He has also served as a school and district administrator and supported students in their pathways to college and career readiness. Simón has a wide range of knowledge related to education and holds a master’s degree in education from Lesley University. He has utilized his experiences to lead professional development for school districts throughout the nation and help educators build systems supporting their districts’ Multi-Tiered System of Supports goals.


Kate PechacekKate Pechacek has over 20 years’ experience in education. She taught secondary math for 15 years in Iowa, Oregon, Texas, and Minnesota and has 10 years of experience working at the district level in curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development and MTSS. She served as Director of Secondary Ed for Minneapolis Public Schools before moving to the edtech sector. She then spent almost six years helping districts leverage edtech solutions to support equitable outcomes for students before joining TalkingPoints.

At TalkingPoints, Kate leads the Partner Success team in supporting school and district partners to ensure they are able to leverage the TalkingPoints solution with impact. Kate earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and worked with the developers of an equity-based learning supports model developed out of the UCLA School Mental Health Project. She is driven to ensure schools move toward an equity-focused, asset-based approach for all students.


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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 125+ 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.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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