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Highlighting Best Practices for Family Engagement

The Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships

Monday, June 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Highlighting Best Practices for Family Engagement

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Purpose of Conference:

  • Showcase school communities with proven effective family, school and community engagement
  • Share results of the Indiana Public Policy Forum and the Statewide Advisory Council
  • Build networking across the state to further enhance and share family engagement tools and strategies

 Keynote Speaker: 

 Ron Mirr 

Ron Mirr, President of RM Consulting and the Center for Active Family Engagement, has over 25 years of experience working with schools and families on establishing an equal partnership that will effectively engage parents in the learning process. Mirr is the co-author of the Family Engagement Assessment tool and also teaches graduate courses in family engagement, grant writing and program development.

Title: SEE What I Mean?—Helping schools “picture" their way to effective family engagement.

Description: Anyone who has tried to change how schools do business knows it can be difficult for people to break old habits or adopt new ones. Often it’s not that people are unwilling to change, they just have trouble picturing what “different” looks like. This presentation shows how images can help schools “see” both sides of family engagement—what it looks like when families aren't welcome in the learning process as well as what linking families to learning really looks like. Do you “see” what effective family engagement looks like?

Workshop Strands:

  • Creating Policies That Support Systemic Family Engagement
  • Reaching Target Audiences of Families
  • Program Models that Link Families to Learning
  • Role of School and Community Leaders in Empowering Families


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote

9:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions One

  1. Family Friendly Legislation: Debbie Yates, Outreach Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education
  2. Serving and Engaging Urban Families: Nicole Oglesby, Director of Diverse Community Partnerships, IUPUI, Mashariki Jywanza, Consultant, Maria Wright, Mary Studley and Sharon Wade, Community School Coordinators of Martindale Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success
  3. Welcoming Families as Partners in Children's Learning: Ron Mirr, Center for Active Family Engagement and Jackie Garvey, Executive Director, Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships
  4. Creating Successful Partnerships with Families and Community: Emily Pelino, Principal, KIPP Academy
  5. Helping Families Understand and Advocate for Common Standards: Sharon Wise, President, Indiana State PTA and Rachel Burke, Indiana PTA

11:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Two

  1. Marketing Your School Programs to Families: Dr. Addie Angelov, University of Indianapolis
  2. Connecting Parents as Leaders through School Site Coordinators: Vivian Ashmawi, Executive Director ( Richmond CIS); Portia Villafuerte, Parent of Richmond Community Schools and Cathy Graninger, Executive Director (CIS of Clark County)
  3. Dr. Cathy Gray, Associate Superintendent for Family, School, and Community Partnerships Patricia Weinzapfel, Executive Director of Community Schools and Family Engagement (Evansville Vanderburgh School Community)
  4. How Out of School Time Programs are Fun and Engaging for Families: Jamie Johnson, Vice-President of Indiana Afterschool Network and Wilisha Scaife, Program Director, Muncie Y3 21st CCLC, Ball State University

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Three

  1. Family Survey Results: “What Matters to Parents?” Dr. Mary Jo Rattermann, Research and Evaluation Consulting, Board President, Indiana Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships
  2. Collaborating With Community for Successful Family Nights: John Sponsel, Master Teacher and Parents Vivian Leach and Socorro Romero, Homecroft Elementary, Perry Township Schools 
  3. Community Schools: A Strategy Linking Families and Community to Learning Jim Grim and Starla Office, Co-Directors Midwest Center for University Assisted Community Schools
  4. GreatSchools: The One-Stop-Shop for School Information for Families Kelly Bentley, Indiana Project Consultant, GreatSchools
  5. Superintendent and Principal Leadership Panel : Moderated by Liz Odle, Director of Bridges to Success, United Way of Central Indiana Mark Nardo, Principal Indianapolis Public Schools Tommy Reddick, Principal, Paramount School of Excellence Suzanne Ziebert, Principal, Nora Elementary, MSD of Washington Township, Julie Bakehorn, Brookville Elementary, Indianapolis Public Schools, and Dr. Allen Bourff Superintendent, Richmond Community Schools 

 2:45 p.m. Closing and Adjourn

Indianapolis Marriott North

Indianapolis Marriott North
Keystone At The Crossing
3645 River Crossing Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317.705.0000 
Toll Free: 1.800.228.9290

Have questions about Highlighting Best Practices for Family Engagement? Contact The Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships

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Indianapolis Marriott North
3645 River Crossing Pkwy
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Monday, June 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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The Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships

The center, a nonprofit organization formed in 1997, serves all of Indiana. We provide family-focused programs and services scheduled by schools, community groups or parent groups. Initially a Parent Information and Resource Center funded by the US Department of Education, the center now continues their outreach efforts through public policy forums, statewide conference, training, bilingual website, and initiatives that engage, equip and empower families of children from early childhood through early college in urban, rural and suburban schools.

The center has been committed for 17 years to increasing family engagement in schools as a powerful influence on student success. As a result of these programs and initiatives, parents have increased skills, knowledge and confidence to support the educational lives of their children at home and at school as well as to increase their commitment to finding leadership roles as parent leaders in schools.

931 E. 86th Street, Suite 205  

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Office: 317.205.2595


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