Family Engagement Findings

October 13, 2017

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ESC-20 Family Engagement Events & Training Opportunities

For Family Engagement Staff: Connecting the Math at School to the Math at Home (K-2)

Building students’ number sense in grades K – 2 is critical to their mathematical success. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that develop number sense and learn ways to make connections to home life.

ESC-20 Math Specialist will be providing this hands-on training to teach you some foundational skills in early math that you will be able to turn around and share with your families! Consider this session a make and take!

Manipulatives will be provided along with a resource guide!

This is a great opportunity for you to learn ways to help parents support their child in learning math at home!

Workshop#: 44356

Cost: $25

Register in Connect 20.

Title I School-Parent Compact & Parental Involvement Policy Training

Alex Dominguez will be providing this training on October 18th, 9:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. at ESC-20.

Free training! Register in Connect 20, Session ID# 45165


Please email Alex and let her know what specific elements you are wanting more information on so she can tailor this training to better to meet the needs of your district.

Foundations of Family Engagement

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Workshop #: 44356

Cost: $25

Register in Connect 20.

Family Engagement is any way that a child's adult caretaker (biological parents, foster parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) at home, at school and in the community, effectively support learning and healthy development.

The Foundations of Family Engagement training will 5 process conditions to develop an effective Family Engagement program.

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Family & Community Engagement Symposium

This year's Family & Community Engagement Symposium, "Prism of Possibilities" is right around the corner on Friday, November 10th!

Register at

Registration is open! You will notice that there are 2 options to register: District Registration and Individual Registration.

If the district/campus is paying for parents/staff to attend with a PO, please register using the district registration link.

If you are having parents/staff register on their own and pay on their own, please direct them to register using the individual registration link.

Please start spreading the word and recruiting parents/families to attend. We are in the final stages of finalizing our breakout sessions. We have some great topics planned for parents and staff!

English and Spanish flyer is also available at

Let me know if you have any questions!

Family Engagement Research & Resources


There's a Disconnect Between Parent Expectations and Student Realities

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom

I've been hearing a lot lately about "Trauma informed Care" and what this means. I wanted to share the article below that I came across. While it is a resource guide for educators, I think our work with families closely aligns with learning more about this subject and can better help us support families when trauma is a constant part of it.

National Research Center on HIspanic Children & Families

Today, 18 million Hispanic children live in the United States, and they account for one quarter of all children. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) of Latino children were born in the United States. However, that is not the case for their parents. In fact, about half of Latino children have at least one parent who was born in another country, some of whom are not authorized to live in the United States. As the nation continues to engage in crucial discourse over the future of immigration policy, it is important to acknowledge the extent to which these policies will affect the well-being of the vast number of children whose parents may be at risk of deportation.

Read the full report here.

Seven Research-Based Ways Families Promote Early Literacy

Global Family Research Project has been focusing on a series related to children's learning and development.

Global Family Research Project has written a blog that highlights what libraries, schools, and other community organizations are doing to promote family engagement in early literacy.

Accompanying the blog, they've developed a research-to-practice brief that summarizes what the latest studies show about how families support children's literacy development.

This review outlines seven practices that research shows families use to effectively promote early literacy. Woven through each of the seven research-supported practices are examples of how early-childhood programs, libraries, and other community-based organizations are empowering families and providing them access to knowledge, skills, experiences, and resources to support their children’s literacy development. Although many of the practices are broadly recognized and agreed upon, often families, educators, and librarians do not have access to the latest research substantiating the practices and to new information about how organizations can support them. Some of the ways the research and examples described here can be used include:

  • Raising understanding and awareness of research supporting family engagement in early literacy.
  • Guiding the design of research-based family literacy experiences.
  • Supporting fundraising for family literacy opportunities.
  • Sparking continuing innovation to support families’ and communities’ efforts to develop new ways to promote early literacy
  • Helping in the development of indicators and benchmarks that can be used to assess and evaluate the success of programs designed to support family engagement and children’s literacy learning.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Usuable Knowledge

How to Have a Successful IEP Meeting: Engaging and empowering families at the start of the year

For families whose child has a documented disability, the start of a new school year brings a new meeting with teachers and school officials to talk about the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). These meetings can be nerve-wracking for families, who may be worried that their dreams for their child will go unheard, or that they’ll be criticized for behavioral problems. And they might be utterly bewildered by the amount of jargon used to describe their child’s needs.

By keeping these concerns in mind, teachers can use IEP meetings to strengthen school-family partnerships, rather than strain them. Here, we offer strategies for teachers to make families an equitable partner in IEP meetings. This advice comes from Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success, by family engagement experts Karen Mapp, Ilene Carver, and Jessica Lander.

Read the article here.

ESC-20 Parent Trainings

FREE Parent Trainings in October!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

My Child Doesn’t Talk: An Introduction to Strategies for the Non-Verbal Child with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

This training will discuss and demonstrate a number of research-based strategies addressing the language development needs of children with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and others. In this training, we will identify barriers to these children receiving supportive strategies and why they need these supports. We will look at apps available on tablet devices as well as dedicated devices. Some barriers to the success of these devices will be addressed and ways to increase success with these will be highlighted.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9th. **

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Bridging the Math Gap Between School and Home (Kindergarten—Grade 2)

In this training, participants will learn how to help their child by bridging the math concepts taught in school to home life. Hands-on activities will be used to show how math is being learned in the classroom. The math will focus on developing number sense.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13th. **

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for Parents & Caregivers: Sharing strategies from your child’s school that you can use at home.

This training provides parents and caregivers with an overview of the concepts and strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program used by schools that can help in the continuity of support and care. It will provide parents with insights into behavior patterns of their children. This training will not include physical restraint strategies. By participating in the workshop, participants will walk away with action plans filled with strategies they can begin to use immediately.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16th. **

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Six Easy Ways to Support Your Child’s Literacy Development, Grades K-5

This training will focus on six fun and easy ways to support your child’s literacy development in grades K-5. Participants will discover the various components of reading and writing, investigate research-based reading and writing strategies that can be easily practiced at home and school, and will actively participate in creating activities to align with each strategy. Participants should be ready to have some fun, interact with other parents, and get crafty! All materials will be provided.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23rd **

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

The 7 Habits of Successful Families

It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. The 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together. In this training, parents will learn to:

  • Apply an “Inside-Out Approach” to problem solving and goal creation;

  • Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together;

  • Establish a better work/life balance;

  • Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children;

  • Employ the skills of Empathic Listening and synergy; and

· Learn to effectively discipline and motivate children.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 24th **

To Register for Parent Trainings:

Call or email Lori Williams at (210) 370-5466 or

Parent Trainings are also offered via webinar!

To participate in the parent trainings via webinar, email to receive the webinar link and electronic handouts the day before the training.
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