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Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

Date: May 11, 2020

Effective student and family engagement relies on establishing trusting relationships in which educators, students, and their parents see themselves and each other as equal partners. Without opportunities to interact in person, it is now more difficult and also more important to build and maintain these strong relationships.

This webinar presented district and school-based strategies to support student and family engagement, particularly among vulnerable populations, in the context of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on lessons from research and practice to help educators engage with students and their families to support continued learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, presenters discussed strategies in three areas:

  • Cultivating a partnership orientation
  • Practicing cultural responsiveness
  • Establishing two-way communication

Presenters

Jason Snipes Jason Snipes
Director of Alliance Research, REL West

Margit Birge Margit Birge
Senior Program Associate, WestEd

Barbara Jones Barbara Jones
Professional Learning Specialist, WestEd

D’Lisa Crain D’Lisa Crain
Administrator, Washoe County School District Department of Family-School Partnerships

Claudia Medina Claudia Medina
Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement Programs, Alameda Unified School District

Sara Stone Sara Stone
Chief Academic Officer, Alameda Unified School District

Audience

This webinar was designed for district and school-level staff involved with developing and implementing distance learning and supporting parent and student engagement.

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Details

Date
May 11, 2020

Location
Webinar

Contact Information
Jason Snipes, jsnipes@wested.org

Area
School Climate

Speakers

  • Margit Birge, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
  • Barbara Jones, Professional Learning Specialist, WestEd
  • D’Lisa Crain, Administrator, Washoe County School District Department of Family-School Partnerships
  • Claudia Medina, Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement Programs, Alameda Unified School District
  • Sara Stone, Chief Academic Officer, Alameda Unified School District