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Maria Paredes

Senior Program Associate Maria C. Paredes leads Family and Community Engagement and the Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) at WestEd, a high-impact, family engagement model designed to strengthen parent-teacher collaboration to drive student achievement.

Paredes developed APTT in 2009 in order to bridge the existing family-school communication and collaboration gap. Paredes designs and delivers family engagement professional development institutes; and administrator, teacher, and parent site-based training. She facilitates integration of family engagement high-impact practices into all areas of school improvement.

Across the country, Paredes and her team help schools establish and sustain meaningful and successful family engagement systems, aligned to school improvement goals, that have transformed the way families participate in the education process of their children.

Schools that have embraced APTT have experienced accelerated student academic growth, developed collaborative partnerships with families, and improved school climate.

Prior to joining WestEd, Paredes served as Director of Community Education for the Creighton District, in Phoenix, AZ. This district served a high population of English language learners and students in poverty.

In addition, Paredes spearheaded and organized the Family Engagement Leadership of Arizona consortium, which serves as a community of practice for education leaders, community organizations, and state agencies.

Her scholarly research in family engagement and her development of APTT have earned her numerous state and national awards including the Arizona School Boards Association’s Golden Bell Award and The Carnegie Project Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award.

Paredes received a Doctor of Education degree in leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.