Topic Area

Family and Community Engagement

Chair: Camille Dang, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Co-Chair: Dr. Caryl Hitchcock, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

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Family and community engagement in schools is more important now than ever. How can educators, researchers, and leaders support and inspire families and student’s learning and development as they navigate these turbulent times? How can we support educators (and families) to navigate in this new world of virtual online learning? How can we provide an equitable education to the most vulnerable groups in our communities? The Hawaii Statewide Family Engagement Center recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, our work is to promote high impact activities and policies that build authentic parent engagement, create strong school and community collaborations, and foster professional developments that build skills, knowledge, and confidence of parents, teachers, and leaders. This strand of the conference welcomes presentations that support and strengthen the three spheres of influence that contribute to student success: Family, School, and Community.

Guiding Questions

For Families:

  • What are the best ways to support social emotional learning and parenting during a pandemic?
  • What partnerships can be formed in order to provide creative internet access solutions and helpful technology?
  • What strategies can be used to connect families funds of knowledge to student learning goals?

For Educators:

  • What are the best ways to identify and support educator’s needs for professional development as they navigate this new world?
  • What are the best practices for communicating with families in the new learning landscape?
  • How important is it to teach using culturally and linguistically respectful/responsive materials?

For Community-Based Organizations:

  • What is the best use of out-of-school time to continue learning?
  • How can we develop programs that nurture new skills that are not part of the traditional academic curriculum?
  • How can we establish and sustain effective parent-leader networks in our communities?