Family Engagement

'19-'20 Professional Development: Teachers & Administrators

Connecting Families to Student Learning

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Academic Parent Teacher Teams

Are you looking for a more effective way to conduct your parent teacher conferences that help support student learning in the home and builds positive relationships with parents? Academic Parent Teacher Teams is a model that accomplishes that!

Academic Parent Teacher Teams is a research and evidence-based Family Engagement framework and best practice that aligns grade level learning skills, student performance data, and family-teacher communication and collaboration in order to inform and enrich the way families support learning at home.

This session will teach the components to develop successful academic parent teacher teams that can build the capacity of families to effectively engage in supporting their child’s grade level learning goals.


Date: Tuesday, September 24th

Time: 9:00 AM--12:00 PM

Session ID# 60087

Fee: $25

Register HERE.


Date: Thursday, April 2nd

Time: 9:00 AM--12:00 PM

Session ID# 58873

Fee: $25

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Who should attend this session?

--Teachers, Principals, Academic Deans, Curriculum Coordinators, any Professional Staff that has a key role in supporting parent-teacher conferences, sharing data with families and supporting learning in the home!

Watch an Academic Parent Teacher Team Workshop!

https://youtu.be/1YNsWrFiYfY?list=UUvEdSQawiMKMU-muuc1j0YA
Dual Capacity-Building Framework

Click HERE to read more about the CURRENT Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships!

Effective Communication: Partnering with Parents

Communicating with parents is one of the most challenging and potentially stressful tasks that teachers and administrators face on a daily basis. Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school.


Whether trying to resolve an argument caused by miscommunication or sharing difficult information, this session will provide tips and tools to help you know how to handle tough situations and foster positive relationships with your students' parents.


Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM--3:30 PM

Session ID# 58854

Fee: $75

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Who should attend this session?

--Teachers, Principals, Counselors, Family Specialists, any Professional Staff that interacts with families on a regular basis.

Family Engagement: Link to Student Learning

Family Engagement is not just about inviting families to attend events on your campus, but when you do plan events on your campus, how are they linked to student learning?


This session will focus on strategies and ideas to not only link student learning to events, but everything you do within your school so families can clearly understand, be involved with, and communicate what their child is learning and how they are a part of it.


Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM--12:00 PM

Session ID# 58867

Fee: $25

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Who should attend this session?

--Teachers, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Academic Deans, Family Specialists, any professional staff that provides input and planning into school-family events and those seeking to learn how to include family engagement in every aspect as an instructional tool on their campus.

Hands-On, Skills-Based Trainings for Families

These FREE sessions will provide you the opportunity to learn some hands-on, skills-based activities that you can create to share with families on your campus.

These trainings support helping families support learning at home!



Please note: These are parent trainings so parents will be in attendance and the focus of the session will be geared toward parents.


Who should attend these sessions?

--Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, Academic Deans, Family Specialists, any professional staff that has a role and involvement with sharing academic content with families to help support learning in the home.


Take advantage of these great hands-on learning trainings to share with your families!


Building Blocks: Supporting Social Learning in the Preschool Years
9/11/19 9AM-12PM Session#: 58819


Strategies for Helping Your Child Remember What is Learned at School
9/25/19 9AM-12PM Session#: 58822


Bridging the Math Gap Between School and Home (K-2)
10/10/19 9AM-12PM Session#: 59578


Connecting the Math in School to the Math at Home (Grades 3-5)
2/26/20 9AM-12PM Session#: 59523


Building Basic Reading Skills at Home-- Make & Take
3/19/20 9AM-2:30PM Session#: 59524


Early Childhood Parent Toolkit
3/26/20 9AM-12PM Session#: 58871


For the Love of Writing Make & Take
4/8/20 9AM-12PM Session#: 58874


Building Blocks: Supporting Children’s Strong Emotions in the Preschool Years
4/30/20 9AM-12PM Session#: 58877


Dyslexia Make & Take
5/13/20 9AM-12PM Session#: 59525

ESC-20 Parent Resources

Click HERE to check out all the ESC-20 Parent Resources to share with your families!

ESC-20 Family Engagement Resources

Click HERE to check out MORE professional Family Engagement resources!

Questions? Comments? Feedback?

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Kimberly Baumgardner, Consultant, Family Engagement, Education Service Center Region 20

Kimberly has worked in the field of special education for 19 years. She has been on staff at ESC-20 for 10 years. She spent 7 years as a special education curriculum specialist and is currently the Family Engagement Consultant.


Kimberly has become quite passionate about empowering families to be more involved in their child's education and future as well as challenging and supporting schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey and focus on Family Engagement as an instructional tool that improves student's academic outcomes.


Kimberly enjoys living out in the country with her husband, Tyson and two daughters, Lynette & Lucy Sue.