Supporting Parent Success

August: Three Perspectives on Parent Engagement

This first webinar in the series discussed common threads of successful parent engagement efforts. Presenters will share their work which ranges from Harvard research to a school superintendent to a parenting, leadership and advocacy training program for low-income families.

Here are the slide decks for the webinar:

And here is a link to the recording.

During the webinar, Sandra mentioned that her organization uses a Literacy Pledge Card. The card is available for download in both English and Spanish.

Also, WETA created a page filled with resources on the Reading Rockets site. Check it out!

September: Home and Family Literacy
This webinar will focus on creating a home environment that fosters literacy. This includes home libraries, conversations that build vocabulary, questioning techniques parents can use to get more out of dinnertime conversations, and community resources that can help foster literate environments. Panelists from Reach Out and Read and The Reading Connection will join the conversation.

Download the slide deck and view the webinar recording.

This webinar will focus on strategies to engage second-language and low-literacy families. During this hour, we’ll talk about professional development, and ways schools can help teachers reach out in productive and meaningful ways. Presenters will explore communication barriers and efforts that develop a shared interest in school and family.  

View the webinar recording.

November: Struggling Readers and Students with Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia
The November webinar will focus specifically on helping families with struggling readers, and kids with learning disabilities and dyslexia. Presenters will describe the unique challenges students with LD face in schools, and the critical need to develop parents who are advocates for their students. The presenters for this webinar are Emily Dreyfus. She is the Director for the JustChildren Community Education and Outreach at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VA. Ms. Dreyfus will be joined by Suzanne Lang, a Program Associate in the area of learning disabilities with the Tremaine Family Foundation. The Tremaine Family Foundation just released a report on this important topic.

Download the slide deck from Suzanne Lang with the Tremaine Family Foundation and from Emily Dreyfus with the Legal Aid Justice Center. View a recording of the webinar.

The December webinar was rescheduled for January.

January: Parent and Family Engagement: Technology

This webinar will focus on ways to engage families using technology. There are many tech tools that can be used to help create and sustain parent engagement. We’ll discuss multiple venues for engagement, and the value of meeting parents where they are in terms of tech usage. Other topics that may be discussed include policies that support or dissuade parent engagement, and specific examples of technology at work to engage parents. This may include Skype, PhotoCaps,, Storybird, and more.

View the recording.