Growing Readers. Growing Communities.

What is a book desert? It’s been a decade since Unite for Literacy created the Book Desert Map of the United States. Mike will share lessons learned about the geography of books and reading and what family literacy advocates and practitioners can do to transform the literacy landscape of their communities from book deserts to […]

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Supporting Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

This session shares impactful strategies and lessons learned from two federally-funded professional development projects that worked to support in-service K-8 teachers’ abilities to develop strong, reciprocal relationships with the families and communities of English learners in Kentucky.

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Linking Family Math, Literacy, and Equity Practice

This session will present the power of integrating strengths-based practices for family math, family literacy, and social justice. The session will cover successes and lessons learned from a multi-year research-practice partnership between Tandem, Partners in Early Learning and the DREME Network.

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Literacy and the Opportunity Gap

Literacy is a basic building block of education and gateway to all other skills. A lack of literacy skills is referred to as the achievement gap. We prefer “opportunity gap.” Learn how access is being provided to emerging readers and families to address this opportunity gap and promote literacy.

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Family Engagement as “Wraparound Relationships”

Wraparound services provide safety nets for families facing challenges. In a time of widespread social isolation, “wraparound relationships” are even more vital. They may also be key to effective family partnerships. This session examines what that looks like in practice.

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Family Engagement in Rural Communities

Take a dive into the listening work & planning we have conducted in South Dakota to reach all families throughout the state, including our nine Native Nations, ranching communities, and families new to our country. We will share key findings, insights, and implications for the next phase of our work.

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Family Wisdom Circles: Leading & Learning Together

In this session, attendees will participate in a Community Learning Exchange; a practice that allows communities to tap into the wisdom of everyone (families, communities, students, educators) and build a collaborative leadership structure for addressing root challenges within schools.

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Collaborative Creating: How to Engage Stakeholders

The Nebraska Department of Education just published it’s School, Family, and Community Engagement Framework. Join us as we discuss the collaborative process of engaging all stakeholders. We’ll show the process we followed then brainstorm ways you can apply these principles to your next project.

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