Effective and Equitable Partnerships

Joyce Epstein

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Joyce Epstein presents:

Effective and Equitable Partnerships: Engage Parents with Low Incomes in their Children’s Education

Studies show that it is a imperative to change from the “old way” of thinking about parental involvement to a “new way” of organizing school-based programs of school, family, and community partnerships. We will discuss key concepts, essential structures, and expected results of research-based programs of family and community engagement. We will discuss the importance of teamwork to organize goal-linked programs for student success, common challenges, and successful strategies that assist families with low income to support student learning and development. The session will prepare attendees to take leadership in their districts and schools to organize effective programs that welcome all parents as partners, including those with diverse socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds.

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Joyce Epstein

Joyce Epstein, Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University, is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and Professor of Education in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  In 1995 she established the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), which provides professional development for leaders to develop research-based programs of family and community engagement (www.partnershipschools.org).  She has over 150 publications, and was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009 and received the Elizabeth Cohen Award for Applied Research (2009) from AERA's Sociology of Education Special Interest Group.  In all of her work she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.