The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an excellent opportunity to examine how schools and communities around the country are realizing mutual goals and maximizing impact through productive family-school-community partnerships. With over 1.3K people expected to attend and over 75 workshops offered, participants are sure to leave the conference with strategies, tips and tools they can immediately apply to their work.

NPLI C0-Director, Donna Thompson-Bennett co-presented the workshop titled, “Building Bridges: Mapping the Powerful Impact of Parent Leaders” in conjunction with a number of skilled partners:

Anne T. Henderson, Senior Consultant, NAFSCE: AnneTHenderson1@yahoo.com
Joanna Geller, Principal Research Associate, and Wendy Perez, Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at NYU Metro Center, joanna.geller@nyu.edu  and wendy.perez@nyu.edu
Rosalie Grillier, Parent-Co-President, COFI/POWER~PAC IL/UPLAN, Community Organizing for Family Issues, rosazlia@comcast.net
Joann Mickens, Executive Director, Parents for Public Schools, jmickens@parents4publicschools.org

Participants were able to experience a strategy to engage parent leaders as authentic partners and hear from parent leaders about their pathway from civic isolation to becoming change-makers for children in their community.