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Monday, March 12 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Partnering with Parents to Cultivate a Vibrant School Community

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In this session, Sarah Friedman, co-director of The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island, will share stories, strategies, and lessons learned around developing and strengthening partnerships with parents to build a supportive, empowered school community. Specifically, Sarah will touch on one or more of the following strategies (and perhaps others TBD):

Hosting welcoming meetings for families of new students to learn what about their student makes them proud, what their student/they want to learn, and what they have to contribute to the school community.
Supporting immigrant families to locate the resources and connections necessary to make a comfortable transition to the community and school.
Holding/attending numerous family events, including parent cafes, publishing parties, and off-site celebrations.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the principles and best practices of authentic, effective partnership with parents, examples of proven parent engagement, support, and empowerment strategies and ideas for initiating and/or improving parent engagement strategies in their own communities.


Elvia Cante

Parent, The Learning Community

Rafael Cumplido

Parent, The Learning Community

Diana Flores

Parent, The Learning Community

Sarah Friedman

Co-Director, The Learning Community

Guadaloupe Godinez

Parent, The Learning Community

Claudia Guarin

Parent, The Learning Community

Diana Montoya

Parent, The Learning Community

Gloria Navarro

Parent, The Learning Community

Sherly Rosales

Parent, The Learning Community

Allyson Ventura

Parent, The Learning Community

Monday March 12, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Blackstone - Omni Hotel