July 9, 2018
Members, Partners and Stakeholders,

We look forward to seeing many of you later this week at the fast approaching National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Cleveland, Ohio! Beginning on July 11th, the conference, hosted by NAFSCE partner, the Institute for Educational Leadership, will offer three days of family and community engagement workshops, plenaries, networking events, and more. 

NAFSCE's Annual Member Meeting & Open House will take place on Thursday, July 12 at 8 am in Room 25A. Grab your breakfast from the conference buffet and come across the hall to catch up with friends, learn what NAFSCE has been up to this past year, and tell us what we can do to best serve you in the future. We want to hear from you!

We hope you'll stop by our exhibit table to say hello to our team, renew your membership, learn more about NAFSCE and receive a free gift. The first 100 people who renew their membership or join will also receive a free, special edition NAFSCE t-shirt! We're also offering special conference savings on memberships. 

Several NAFSCE staff, members and board members will be presenting at workshops and sessions at the conference. We've highlighted some of their sessions below for your convenience.

Lastly, one of our beloved NAFSCE Ambassadors is unable to make the conference and is offering her ticket for sale at a deep discount. If you're interested, reply to this email to be put in contact with the ticket owner. 

Best regards,
Vito Borrello
NAFSCE Executive Director

We hope to see you at these NAFSCE workshops and events
memberbreakfast Join us! NAFSCE Member Meeting & Open House
Date: July 12, 2018, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Room 25A

Conference attendees - grab your breakfast and come join us for our annual Member Meeting & Open House in Cleveland on Thursday, July 12th at 8:00 AM. Members and friends will discuss important issues that are facing the field of family engagement today, and brainstorm about what NAFSCE can do to best support your work. This once-yearly opportunity is a chance to chat, network, strategize, and engage one another in-person, truly taking "Member Connect" offline. NAFSCE membership is not necessary - bring yourself, your breakfast, and a friend. Questions? Email Georgia at deckerg@nafsce.org.

booth Take Advantage of Conference Savings, receive a free gift!
Date: July 11-13, 2018
Location: Exhibitor Hall

Come say hello to the NAFSCE team at our exhibit booth! Renew your membership or join NAFSCE at the conference to receive special discounts on Individual and Organizational memberships. The first 100 members who join or renew will also receive a free t-shirt!

States as the Drivers of Change for Family & Community Engagement
July 12, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Room 26C
Strand: Integrated, Systemic Approaches
Presenters: Vito Borrello, Executive Director of NAFSCE
Reyna Hernandez, Director of Research and Policy Development, NAFSCE

Are local and state education agencies working diligently to address the topic of family and community engagement? This session will focus on what the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) are doing to be intentional drivers of change to support meaningful, effective family and community engagement practices in schools and districts. Join us as we share two initiatives, one being conducted by ADE at the state level and another effort in developing family engagement frameworks through the support of NAFSCE in partnership with the Council for Chief State School Officers.
July 13, 2018, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Room 16
Strand: Integrated, Systemic Approaches
Presenters: Keami Harris, NAFSCE Capacity Building Programming Director

High-impact family engagement is a core strategy for improving children's development and increasing achievement. Parent engagement was a significant element in early childhood programs, and the FSCE field has benefited from their approaches. Learn what the broader research now tells us about the impact family engagement has on development and learning. Hear about a movement to both build capacity for high-impact family engagement practices and to elevate family engagement as a priority in the policy sector.

Thursday, July 12
Developing Systems for Data Collection and Data Use to Support Family Engagement Initiatives
July 12, 2018, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Room 25A
Strand: Research, Evaluation, and Data Collection
Presenters: Lacy Wood , NAFSCE Board Member
Alberto Quintero, NAFSCE Policy Committee Member

Collaborating with staff across programs can be key to identifying, accessing, and using data to support family engagement. This panel presentation will highlight examples of statewide partnerships and initiatives that leverage data from multiple sources to support family engagement initiatives. 
Building Bridges: Mapping the Powerful Impact of Parent Leaders
July 12, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Room 21
Strand: Parent Leadership, Advocacy and Community Organizing
Presenters: Anne Henderson , NAFSCE Board Member
Donna Thompson-Bennett, NAFSCE Member

Initiatives to develop parent leaders can be a powerful force for equity and opportunity. A dynamic panel of parent leaders will share their work, show how they bridge differences, and discuss their collaboration with a new Parent Leadership Evaluation Network to co-develop open access tools to evaluate their impact. 
July 12, 2018, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 21
Strand: Promote Inclusion, Ensure Equity, and Create Opportunity
Presenters: Karen Parker Thompson, NAFSCE Membership Committee Co-Chair

There are countless issues linked to race and equity that make it challenging for African American families to engage with school personnel in collaborative ways. Often, when African American parents aren't seen in the school, the assumption is they don't care!
July 12, 2018, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 26A
Strand: Integrated, Systemic Approaches
Presenters:  Anne Henderson, NAFSCE Board Member
Donna Thompson-Bennett, NAFSCE Member

"Family engagement" has dozens of definitions. After Connecticut funders challenged the State Departments of Education and Early Childhood to craft a universal definition, state officials collaborated with parents, educators, and community leaders to co-create a definition and a framework to make it work.

Friday, July 13th
July 13, 2018, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Room 12
Strand: Promote Inclusion, Ensure Equity and Create Opportunity
Presenters: Lacy Wood, NAFSCE Board Member

States and districts are working to create culturally responsive environments that can meet the needs of a changing and diverse population. This workshop will highlight initiatives and policies that build staff capacity and recognize the barriers families experience as they engage with schools.

July 13, 2018, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC
Moderator: Karen Mapp, NAFSCE Board Member

To amplify is to become more marked and intense, to magnify, increase the volume of or turn up, boost, or strengthen. These actions are the keys to successful family and community engagement. Whether we're working in states, districts, schools, early childhood settings, in the community, at home, or all of the above, if we organize ourselves and harmonize our efforts, we can amplify our impact.

When you support NAFSCE, you are supporting initiatives that have the potential to change the way our country thinks about the family's role in our children's education. From our partnership with the NEA to develop higher-education training for future teachers, to our work with the Frameworks Institute to create a fundamental shift in the way people think about engaging parents and caregivers, NAFSCE's work will have a profound effect on how we all think about family engagement.

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