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Family Engagement Workshop Series Underway in Cleveland County

posted Jul 22, 2016, 1:28 PM by Greg Shull
Educators from around the county converged at The LeGrand Center to gain additional training on cultivating partnerships among schools, families, and communities for enhancing student achievement and performance. This session, the second of a three-part series, focused directly on designing family engagement events linked to learning, fostering family networks, and developing strategic plans surrounding the initiative. School teachers, administrators, counselors, and representatives from Communities in Schools were among those in attendance.

Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Dr. Karen Mapp, the developer of the series, kicked-off the sequence of workshops in February at The LeGrand Center. The first session centered on building philosophical foundations for effective family engagement in schools.

“When the program is implemented correctly, you will see growth in student achievement,” said Renee Jackson, a FACE (Family and Community Engagement) specialist with Scholastic Professional Learning Services. “Parents will be able to better guide their children – at home – towards success in school.”

Cleveland County Schools is the first school district in the state to host the series of workshops.

“This is not only just about engaging elementary, middle, or high school students,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “It is much more than that. It is about engaging entire families, helping them become more actively involved in the success of their children.”

The final session, scheduled for August 18, will concentrate around the engagement of families and childcare providers to establish action teams for implementing strategies at home and in the community. Additionally, participants will be able to implement year-long, multi-strategy plans for family engagement.

“This is going to provide an opportunity for us to figure out how to draw families in and get them more engaged in their schools and their children’s education,” said Angel McCray, a Title 1 teacher at Grover Elementary.