Four half-day group sessions at key points throughout the year.
Collaboration with Action Team
Apply and deepen the learning by building on existing initiatives. Existing teams can be used for this purpose (e.g. School Site Council, PTA leadership, etc) or a new team can be created.
Differentiated 1-on-1 and small group support provided by expert leaders and cohort peers.
National Cohort Experience
We facilitate regular collaboration and support amongst cohort peers, as well as members of our Alumni Network, and family engagement experts and scholars.
Artifacts of Growth
Learning and progress is captured in simple ways throughout the year
Participants can expect to:
Understand what works in family engagement
Learn what research and effective practice tell us about connecting family engagement to student learning and well-being, as well as the key leadership moves that drive improvement.
Apply what works in their context
Clarify their family engagement strengths/challenges, and develop an Action Plan with safe-to-fail experiments in collaboration with their Action Teams
Re-design systems to promote what works
Culminate the Institute with an equity-focused family engagement strategy for the next year.
We are expanding Institute offerings in response to requests from current participants. Please let us know if you’d like to learn more about:
» Tailored onsite experiences & trainings
» Professional development for teachers
» Workshops on existing Learning Heroes tools & resources
Iowa principal describes the importance of the work done in the Institute
Florida principal describes the biggest benefit of the Institute
Maryland district administrator gives advice for leaders interested in the Institute
Florida principal describes the most helpful components of the Institute
Minnesota principal discusses the impact of the Institute on his knowledge and practice
Led by Dr. Eyal Bergman
★ The Institute is led by Dr. Eyal Bergman, former district leader for family engagement.
★ Co-author of Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family- School Partnerships (Version 2) and Embracing a New Normal: Toward a More Liberatory Approach to Family Engagement.
★ Author of Unlocking the “How”: Designing Family Engagement Strategies that Lead to School Success.
Joining the Cohort
Our national cohort is open to any school principal or district department leader.
We also co-design local institutes with LEAs and SEAs.
Schools and systems are using ESSER funds, as well as Title I, II, III, and relevant state funds. Local foundations with a community engagement mission are another potential source of funding.