Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Family and Community Engagement Professional Development Series for 2021-2022

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COM-22-049
Memo Date
9/27/2021
Memo Type
Informational
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Public School Accountability
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NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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ELEVATING ENGAGEMENT IN ARKANSAS
TO PROMOTE WHOLE CHILD AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Professional Development Training Series

 

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce Family and Community Engagement topics and dates for professional development training for the 2021-2022 school year.  The training series hosted by the DESE Engagement Unit will provide hands-on skills-building to support family and community-based strategies that promote student success. The online series is curated and led by the Engagement Unit at DESE, which serves all Arkansas schools and districts through its Engagement Matters AR program.


This information and training can help superintendents, administrators, teachers, and community members develop or build on their engagement knowledge base, and further equip parent and family coordinators and facilitators in our schools with the skills and abilities they need to not only meet federal and state compliance requirements that are key parts of their jobs, but to move “beyond compliance” as leaders in their districts, schools, communities and their profession.


Through the 2021-22 Engagement Matters AR training series, participants will:

Gain increased understanding of state, national, and local resources available to District and School personnel

- Increase awareness of required (legal) components of Family and Community Engagement plans

- Share feedback and best practices to improve parent, family and community engagement efforts

- Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to facilitate meaningful stakeholder conversations

- Explore and/or establish measurable goals and objectives for improved engagement aligned with student outcomes

 

Family and Community Engagement Series Part 1: Engagement Matters - Virtual - 2022 - DESE
How to build a school culture that values the engagement of families and community

Description: Come prepared to put engagement in action by practicing facilitation techniques designed to strengthen school-family relationships. Through interactive exercises, we will explore how your leadership understands and values family and community partnerships. We will also workshop the most powerful question you can ask your families today. 


This session is the first of a three-part training series for 2021-22 that will take Arkansas’ educators and administrators who are responsible for engagement planning, from “beyond compliance” to best practices in family and community engagement.  This same session will be offered in the morning and in the afternoon.


Credits Available: (1.5) hours

Seats: 250

Fee: $0

Contact Person: Chelsey Moore

Instructors: Chelsey Moore, Freddie Scott, Dr. Kazandra Wilson, Shannon Green, Karen Bergh, David Terrell

Audiences: Educators, administrators, and others

Date: October 5, 2021

Time: 9:00-10:30, repeating the same training at 2:00-3:30


escWorks Registration: 

Morning: 458364

Afternoon (repeat): 458365

Family and Community Engagement Series Part 2: Engaging All Families - Virtual -2022 - DESE

How to ensure equitable opportunities for engaging with your schools.

Description: Over forty years of research shows that when families are strategically engaged in children's learning at school and at home, student achievement improves and schools are more effective. Come to this session to investigate what barriers prevent all families from engaging, and begin to develop strategies for encouraging broader engagement.


This session is the second of a three-part training series for 2021-22 that will take Arkansas’ educators and administrators who are responsible for engagement planning, from “beyond compliance” to best practices in family and community engagement.  This same session will be offered in the morning and in the afternoon.


Credits Available: (1.5) hours

Seats: 250

Fee: $0

Contact Person: Chelsey Moore

Instructors: Chelsey Moore, Freddie Scott, Dr. Kazandra Wilson, Shannon Green, Karen Bergh, David Terrell

Audiences: Educators, administrators, and others

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 9:00-10:30, repeating the same training at 2:00-3:30


escWorks Registration:

Morning: 458529 

Afternoon (repeat): 458559

Family and Community Engagement Series Part 3: Reflection Matters - Virtual- 2022-DESE 

How to check your progress and eliminate barriers to engagement.

Description: Come prepared to learn the types of data you can use to inform family and community engagement. Bring your own survey instrument to share or request feedback from webinar participants—tap into the collective wisdom and experiences of peers who may have “been there, done that” in their own districts.  The timing should be good for you to check your district’s and schools’ progress on its parent nights, focus groups, surveys, and other feedback instruments or events as you wind down the school year and prepare next year’s changes or updates to reflect your actual engagement efforts!


This session is the third and final of a three-part training series for 2021-22 that will take Arkansas’ educators and administrators who are responsible for engagement planning, from “beyond compliance” to best practices in family and community engagement.  This same session will be offered in the morning and in the afternoon.

Credits Available: (1.5) hours

Seats: 250

Fee: $0

Contact Person: Chelsey Moore

Instructors: Chelsey Moore, Freddie Scott, Dr. Kazandra Wilson, Shannon Green, Karen Bergh, David Terrell

Audiences: Educators, administrators, and others

Date: March 17, 2022

Time: 9:00-10:30, repeating the same training at 2:00-3:30


escWorks Registration:  

Morning: 458563 

Afternoon (repeat): 458564

 

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