Educators examine culturally responsive family engagement
More than 500 educators from CESA 6, 7 and 8, including pre-service teachers, parents, social services staff and community members attended the Institute for Learning Partnership’s 12th Annual Fall Conference, Thursday and Friday Oct. 7 and 8 at UW-Green Bay.
Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan, a nationally known educator, gave the keynote address, “A Family Re-union: Culturally Responsive Engagement,” stressing the importance and need for educators to go beyond family involvement to family engagement that is culturally responsive. The two-day event included an educators workshop on Friday featuring a panel made up from parents from the rural areas of CESA 8, as well as from urban areas of Madison, Manitowoc and Green Bay. The parents shared their perspectives, challenges and stories around family engagement in their respective children’s schools.
Webb-Hasan wrapped up the two-day event and the Parent Panel discussion with suggestions that the important considerations for successful family engagement include respect, communication and empowerment. The conference also featured a showcase by educators of their classroom research. Read more about the conference.
The video recording of Webb-Hasan’s keynote presentations and the Parent Panel are available at cost on the Institute’s website.
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