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Highly Effective Family Engagement: 5 Habits to Start Now

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Highly Effective Family Engagement: 5 Habits to Start Now

Presented by Jessica Webster, Ed.D., Senior Family Engagement Specialist, MAEC, Inc.; and Rebecca Honig, Chief Content and Curriculum Officer, ParentPowered

Sponsored by ParentPowered, creator of Ready4K

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Great family engagement practices not only make everyone’s job easier, but they’re also doable for the entire team. But like any new practice, it can be hard to get into the groove. As an education leader, you want to help your team to build those healthy family engagement habits that improve outcomes for students.

In this edLeader Panel, we look at ways to build family engagement within your existing structures and classroom daily routines so that high-quality family engagement becomes a HABIT for everyone involved! We cover:

  • Why family engagement has taken center stage in building healthy schools
  • Five habits that foster great family engagement
  • Strategies for building your new family engagement habits
  • Micro-moments that are perfect for practicing family engagement habits

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to PreK-8 school and district leaders and those involved with parent and community involvement, family engagement, and school improvement.

Jessica WebsterAbout the Presenters

Jessica Webster, Ed.D. serves as a Senior Family Engagement Specialist for MAEC, an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to high-quality education for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. Dr. Webster has over 20 years of classroom and leadership experience in both public and private education. In addition to classroom teaching, she has served as an inclusion specialist and assistant middle school principal. Prior to joining the MAEC team, she led a university laboratory school through a strategic plan and realignment focused on literacy, culturally responsive and equitable practices, staff and student diversification, student supports, family engagement, and community partnerships. Dr. Webster completed her Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned an M.Ed. in educational leadership with K-12 Principal Certification from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. in literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rebecca Honig

Rebecca Honig is the Chief Content and Curriculum Officer at ParentPowered where she leads the content development of Ready4K, an evidence-based family engagement program delivered via text message. Within this work, Rebecca collaborated with mental health specialists, community health workers, and caregivers across the country to develop Ready4K Trauma-Informed, a text-based program created to help parents and caregivers buffer the effects of trauma and adversity on their children. Prior to joining ParentPowered, Rebecca spent numerous years working at Sesame Street where she wrote and developed children’s books, parent guides, and provider resources on numerous topics related to early childhood adversity. She has created numerous parent and educator resources focused on promoting play and learning in conflict-impacted areas and refugee camps as well as teacher guides promoting resilience in the classroom.

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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 Ready4K program — for PreK through grade 8 — 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

Highly Effective Family Engagement: 5 Habits to Start Now


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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