Family Engagement Spring Symposium
Family Engagement 2022 Spring Symposium
Please join us for SPS’ 2022 Virtual Family Engagement Spring Symposium Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.!
This will be an opportunity to connect and ground ourselves in the collaborative principles and practices of family engagement, recognizing students’ families as their first and forever teachers.
This year’s symposium will feature live, interactive and engaging workshops for families, students, community members, and staff/educators (clock hours provided), along with a district family leaders panel, and a very special keynote address by Trise Moore, President & Senior Consultant at The Family Outreach & Engagement Network. We hope to create a space where we can work together to imagine a future of genuine partnership between home and school that supports student learning and thriving!
Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Join the Virtual Meeting
Keynote Address: Trise Moore, President & Senior Consultant, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network
- 10 a.m. Introduction & Grounding with the SPSSeattle Public Schools More Family Partnerships Team
- 10:25 a.m. Welcome to Families by Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones
- 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Trise Moore, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network
- 11:15 a.m. SPSSeattle Public Schools More Family Leaders Panel
- 11:45 a.m. Interactive Workshops (scroll down for details!)
- 1 p.m. Closing Ceremony
- Large-group interpretation provided in: Amharic, ASL, Cantonese, English, Somali, Spanish, & Vietnamese
- Closed-captioning included
- Chat accessibility for introverts and nonverbal participants
Trise Moore, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network
SPSSeattle Public Schools More is honored to welcome Trise Moore, author of, “Unreached: What Every Educator Wants to Know About Engaging Families for Equity & Student Achievement” and the recipient of Education Week’s 2017 national award for outstanding leadership, in the area of family partnerships and engagement.
Nationally recognized for leading the effective implementation of impact-based family and community partnership practices for over twenty years. She has received several awards for her focus on equity and excellence including acknowledgement from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) District Leaders Network and Harvard’s Family Research Project.
Workshops and Facilitators
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Black Studies as Liberatory Practice
Facilitator: Anita Koyier-Mwamba, SPSSeattle Public Schools More Black Education Manager
Description: Last year, Seattle Public Schools launched the first Black studies course for students in grade 11, Black Studies U.S. History 11B, the first course in our new Black Education Program. The Black Education Program was created in response to insights and advocacy from Black students, families, and communities across the district. This workshop will create a space for families, community partners, students, and educators/staff to come together and imagine a collective vision for district-wide implementation where every SPSSeattle Public Schools More student is able to participate in the privilege of Black Studies.
Codesigning a Teacher’s Guide to Building a Math Partnership with Families
Facilitators: Tara Hoffman, SPSSeattle Public Schools More Curriculum Specialist & Bryan Street, SPSSeattle Public Schools More Instructional Services School Coach (Mathematics)
Description: Families and participants are invited to share specific ways they would like SPSSeattle Public Schools More Math teachers to support their children’s math education. During this session families with author specific guidance for SPSSeattle Public Schools More Teachers to develop a math partnership with their students’ families.
Disability Justice for Families
Facilitators: Yordanos Gebreamlak, OEO, Interim Director & Samantha Fogg, SCPTSA Co-Vice President, Advocacy
Description: We will explore principles of Disability Justice as they relate to all students and families, looking specifically at how a Disability Justice lens helps us to support and advocate for students.
Resources: Disability Justice for Families Workshop Resources
The Role of Families in SPS Research & Data: Past, Present, and Future
Facilitators: Zach LeClair, Senior Research Associate, SPSSeattle Public Schools More & Naomi Byrdo, Research Associate, SPSSeattle Public Schools More
Description: This session will invite families and participants to share reflections on their experiences with past district initiatives and data (e.g., academic testing, curriculum adoptions), feedback on current family-centered district research initiatives, and hopes for how families could be centered as drivers of school and district decision-making. We will share an overview of how families have, haven’t, and can be learners and participants with district research, alongside future routes for connecting more with family-driven efforts.
Social Emotional Learning: Families & Schools Working Together
Facilitators: Kai Kunkel, SELSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and More Program Manager, SPSSeattle Public Schools More & Hyam Elsaharty, SPSSeattle Public Schools More Student Support Services Consulting Teacher (SELSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and More)
Description: Social emotional learning (SELSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and More) starts at home. Families are a child’s first teachers and continue to support children’s social emotional skills through adolescence. In this session we’ll discuss topics such as emotional health, stress management, goal setting, and conflict resolution. We’ll talk about ways to support those skills at home and at school and how schools can partner with families to be sure students’ home culture is reflected in the approach teachers take to SELSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and More. This session will be welcoming, practical, and supportive!
Language as a Right; Language as a Resource: Valuing All Home Languages
Facilitators: Amarilis Garcia del Valle, Bilingual Instructional AssistantA school employee who works under the supervision of teachers or other More at Denny International Middle School, Rashid Noor, Teacher at West Seattle Elementary, & Thad Williams, SPSSeattle Public Schools More International Education Administrator
Description: In this session families and participants will share and learn about different ways home language is a resource to support student learning and also how language is an important aspect of student and family identity. Be proud of your language!