Four half-day group sessions at key points throughout the year.
Problem of Practice
Apply and deepen the learning by leading a team of staff and families in strengthening existing initiatives.
Differentiated 1-on-1 and small group support provided by expert leaders and cohort peers help ensure steady progress on the problem of practice.
Small & whole-group sessions provide support and accountability throughout the year.
Learning is codified through high-quality videos in order to document improvement.
Participants can expect to:
Understand the evidence
Learn what research tells us about how effective family engagement improves student outcomes and school culture, as well as the paths taken by exemplary schools and systems.
Clarify their challenge
Effective strategies start with an accurate diagnosis of the problem so our work together begins with a root-cause analysis.
Lead the learning
Collaborate with a team of families and staff on a problem of practice that ties family engagement to student learning and well-being.
Using the problem of practice, build a strategy that also addresses bias and existing power imbalances between home and school.
Apply lessons from the year toward creating new and stronger systems that help staff improve their collaborations with families.
Define their role
Understand the core competencies of an effective leader for family engagement.
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.