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Community Schools: Building Successful Relationships Part 1

Community Schools: Building Successful Relationships Part 1
March 24, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
1 hour


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Whether you call them Full-Service Community Schools, Community Learning Centers, or Community Hubs- community schools make a difference in the lives of children, families, educators and their communities every day by becoming the heart of their communities and creating better conditions for both teaching and learning. This isn’t just another program: It’s a paradigm shift in the way we think about schools that goes well beyond just providing supports and services for students. They’re a place where teachers, families, community members, and service providers come together in a coordinated partnership to solve problems and create opportunities.

Join the American Federation of Teachers in this webinar for helpful resources and tools for school and district administrators, educators, support personnel and family members wanting to be more connected and find support in and outside the classroom. This webinar is the first in a monthly series exploring what makes community schools successful, and it will dive into one of the core elements of a community school: family engagement. Led by educators, parent advocates, and community school practitioners you will answer the questions: why is family engagement important; what does a high-quality family engagement framework look like; and what are some strategies for deepening family engagement at my school or district?

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Parent or caregiver

From St. Paul, Minnesota, Kirinda Anderson is a mother to a 15-year-old child.  They received their first Parent Teacher Home Visit (PTHV) when her daughter was in 2nd grade.  The experience transformed her life.  Not only did it empower her to initiate communication and relationship-building with her daughter’s teachers, it led to her life’s calling.  Since 2016, Kirinda has served as a St. Paul and National-level PTHV trainer as well as a parent advocate for public education.  Kirinda believes every child deserves the benefits afforded by a strong home-school connection and hopes that PTHV will soon become a standardized practice across the country.

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Educational Organization / Business Professional

Rachel Brice is the Program Director for Parent Teacher Home Visits. She has spent more than 20 years working with families across the social service and education sectors. Most recently, Rachel led the expansion of community schools in her local school district. She is drawing on these experiences to help design and deliver a robust system of support for districts implementing PTHV. Rachel lives in Florida with her husband and school-aged daughter. 

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Katie is a reading interventionist at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth, MN. She has taught there for 8 years. Currently she is also on the Lincoln Park Community School board. She has been involved with the Parent teacher home visit project and recently became a trainer. Katie is also involved in the Duluth Federation of Teachers and currently serves as one of the union vice presidents as well as a building steward at Lincoln. 

Katie attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for Elementary Education and Math. She then attended Bemidji State for a Master's in the Art of Teaching and a Reading license as well as a EBD license. Currently, she is attending Hamline University for her EDD and administrative licensure. 

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Educational Organization / Business Professional

Dena Donaldson serves as the Assistant Director in the Educational Issues Department of the American Federation of Teachers. She works across relevant AFT departments, helping examine and develop policy, best practices, and resources to support the implementation of community schools and early childhood education as part of AFT’s commitment to whole school reform. She currently sits Parent Teacher Home Visits Board.




SML Family Engagement Webinar.pptx

March 24, 2022
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SML VC Webinar Community Schools Building Successful Relationships Part 1 Resource Links (002).pdf

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March 24, 2022
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