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Tuesday, March 13 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
CANCELED: Unpacking the Power of Family Partnerships

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The Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) is dedicated to the development of collective decision-making and accountability for education policies and practices that include students, families, and educators alike. This session will challenge participants to reflect upon the ways in which power operates in their educational institutions, and whether families and students are too often marginalized from important school decisions, policies, and practices.

After conducting a facilitated power analysis focused on developing an understanding of different forms of power (relational vs. unilateral), participants will be able to more deeply understand power dynamics in their schools and then strategize for how to take concrete steps toward building power with families and students, instead of over them. The session will conclude with time dedicated to the identification of some concrete next steps that participants can take to address power imbalances that may be inhibiting successful family partnerships.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how power operates in schools (with a special focus on family partnerships and parent leadership), how to conduct quick and useful power analyses to inform strategy and practice, and identify concrete actions to build power-full partnerships with families.

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Keith Catone

Executive Director, Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE)
Keith Catone is the executive director of the Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) at Roger Williams University, which was launched in November 2017. Previously, he served as Associate Director for Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute... Read More →

Tracie Potochnik

The Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education

Tuesday March 13, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT