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Archived Webinar

Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

Recorded on May 11, 2020

This one-hour archived webinar, hosted by REL West, focused on state, district, and school-based strategies that support student and family engagement, particularly among vulnerable populations, in the context of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective student and family engagement relies on establishing trusting relationships in which educators, students, and their parents see themselves and each other as equal partners. Without opportunities to interact in person, it is now more difficult and also more important to build and maintain these strong relationships.

This webinar shared lessons from research and practice to help educators engage with students and their families to support continued learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters discussed strategies in three important areas:

  • Cultivating a partnership orientation
  • Practicing cultural responsiveness
  • Establishing two-way communication

Presenters include family engagement coordinators from districts in California and Nevada discussing how they are adapting their work to address current challenges, with a focus on distance learning and working with vulnerable populations.

Who should attend: State, district, and school-level staff involved with developing and implementing distance learning and supporting parent and student engagement.

Resources from the Webinar

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Webinar Presenter(s):

D’Lisa Crain Administrator, Department of Family-School Partnerships, Washoe County School District
Sara Stone Chief Academic Officer, Alameda Unified School District
Claudia Medina Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement Programs, Alameda Unified School District