Brilliant By Way of Black: The African-American Foundations of Family Engagement in Education
Given the emergence of Family Engagement as a necessary component for improved student outcomes, African-Americans provide an exemplary historic model for success in education with committed families as the foundation. African-Americans’ deep history of family and community engagement in regard to the pursuit of excellence in education is unique in its documentation of successive victories, even in the midst of deliberate, systemic, and oppressive barriers. The nationwide crisis of Covid-19 and its impact on the American public education system requires a creative, collaborative and culturally responsive approach in order to secure an appropriate education for all students. The African-American community’s wide-ranging experience with the intersections of social, economic and political upheaval while managing to overcome multitudinous obstacles provides a template for determination, advocacy and equity in education.
- Acquire an overview and appreciation of the historical contributions of African-Americans’ to Family Engagement in Education
- Understand the role of Family and Community Engagement in landmark legal, social and political events
- Discuss how the unique contributions of African-Americans in Family & Community Engagement can be sourced for strategies to address the implications of Covid-19 upon American education
Keywords: Education, Engagement, Equity, Social Justice, History, African-American, Family,
Ms. Andrea AlexanderHawaii Statewide Family Engagement Center - Family, School & Community Liaison
Hawaii Statewide Family Engagement Center
Andrea Alexander is the Family, School & Community Liaison for the Hawaiʻi Statewide Family Engagement Center. As a Family Advocate and Special Education Strategist, Andrea has over 10 years of experience in planning and directing diverse family, community and academic programming. Andrea’s role as liaison centers on communication and collaboration with internal teams, external organizations and social stakeholders dedicated to the interests of Hawaiʻi’s children and families, with a particular focus on vulnerable, at-risk and special needs populations.