This full-day symposium was designed to assist those interested
in learning more about integrating family, community, and schools.
Sponsored by the National
Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools at
the Southwest Educational Development
Laboratory and the Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education, the event was aimed at educators who
are committed to helping students reach their full potential by
incorporating family and community connections with schools. View/download
the conference agenda.
The goals of the conference were to:
- gain a deeper understanding of key issues and effective and
research-based strategies and recommendations in family and community
connections with schools to improve practice.
- learn about specific family and community connections strategies
and programs that promote student achievement.
- explore important issues and assumptions in family and community
connections with schools.
- network with others who share the same interests and needs.These
goals were met through a conference structure that included topics
and sessions on Student achievement, Child readiness, Middle &
High school, Diversity, and Evaluation.
Additionally, the sessions focused on identifying effective processes
and outcomes of family and community engagement as well as specific
examples of effective programs and strategies for each topic area,
including how these support improved practice, preparation and professional
development of educators.