FCC January 2024 Newsletter


The Civic Health Index is updated and released every few years. The Georgia Family Connection Partnership and Network continues to be instrumental in supporting the development and release of the index for Georgia. Take a look at this for more information: https://gafcp.org/2023/12/14/georgias-civic-health-still-not-strong-despite-a-rise-in-voter-turnout/?utm_source=Georgia+Family+Connection&utm_campaign=540c2ce269-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_09_04_35_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_17f5fd8dc2-540c2ce269-185501081


And the newly released index here:



Family Engagement in Pre-K Research

Webinar recording:


Passcode: eLW6zQ^j


Research summary: https://gafcp.org/2023/12/11/family-engagement-in-pre-k-and-child-development-affects-student-academic-and-social-outcomes/



Get Georgia Reading at Home: https://getgeorgiareading.org/at-home/

Getting Ready Guides: https://getgeorgiareading.org/getting-ready-guides/

DECAL PreK transition resources: https://www.decal.ga.gov/Prek/TransitionToKindergarten.aspx



Language as a Missing Link: Introduction to a Toolkit to Enhance Engagement Language and Literacy with Emily Rubin


Language development dramatically and positively impacts life outcomes. Conversely, the failure to develop a capacity for effective communication jeopardizes emotional and mental well-being, literacy, and academic success. Research demonstrates that one of the most powerful predictors of literacy outcomes is a child's language development in the early years AND the early grades. By the end of elementary school, 61 percent of students with typical language development achieve the expected standard in literacy compared to only 15 percent of those without. Language is also vital to the use of one’s inner dialogue, required to reason effectively, regulate emotions, cope with everyday challenges, and have a demonstrated protective effect on child and adolescent mental health. If we invest proactively, language development becomes an opportunity to enhance emotional well-being and quality of life. This workshop will introduce a freely accessible toolkit designed for individuals, practitioners, and policymakers to employ practices that apply language as a well-being indicator to improve educational, mental health, and well-being outcomes. This opportunity is made possible by the Sandra D. Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy.


This exciting opportunity is open to all educational staff and will be of particular interest to educators and leaders for grades K-3, and will broaden the knowledge and skills of all birth to 5th grade educators. Details can be found below, and registration is now open!


About Emily Rubin

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc. in Decatur, GA. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the relationship between social-emotional engagement and learning. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she participated in multidisciplinary research focused on social emotional neurodevelopment. She is a co-developer of the Social Emotional Engagement - Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) professional learning approach, which provides freely accessible tools for measuring social engagement and enhancing opportunities for engagement in a range of settings. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to education, healthcare, and child welfare systems to support social and emotional engagement, learning, and language development. 


January 31, 2024, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Break from 11:30-12:30)


Live Virtual Zoom Event (Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event)


Teachers and Leaders Birth to 5th Grade Level, School Climate and other RESA Specialists, Special Education, Paraprofessionals, Instructional Coaches, School Counselors, SLPS, Media Specialists, District Leadership Personnel, and other interested persons that may benefit from this training.

Cost: No Cost

Instructor: Emily Rubin

Registration: Please click here to register