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The U.S. Department of Education hosted this forum in collaboration with SEDL and the Harvard Family Research Project on November 9, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Capitol, Washington, DC.

Welcoming Remarks (8:30–8:45 a.m.)

James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

Setting the Stage: Reframing Family and Community Engagement (8:45–8:55 a.m.)

Karen L. Mapp, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Click here to access a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation.

Panel #1: What does family and community engagement look like in a new era of education reform? (8:55–10:25 a.m.)

  • Anthony S. Bryk, President, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Ron Mirr, President, RM Consulting
  • Arthur VanderVeen, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Innovation, New York City Department of Education
  • Heather B. Weiss, Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project

Panel #2: How can federal, state, and local stakeholders leverage existing and emerging legislation and programs to create systemic family engagement? (10:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.)

  • Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jacqueline Jones, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education
  • Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter- Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Heath E. Morrison, Superintendent, Washoe County School District
  • Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Panel #1 and #2 Discussant: Linda Yaron, 2010–2011 Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Edward Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles, California

Panel #3: How can educators and other stakeholders use student performance data to connect families and schools in meaningful ways? (1:15–2:45 p.m.)

  • D'Lisa Crain, Administrator, Department of Family-School Partnerships, Washoe County School District
  • John Q. Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Aimee R. Guidera, Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign
  • Thomas C. Schultz, Project Director for Early Childhood Initiatives, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Bill Tucker, Managing Director, Education Sector

Panel #4: What are the opportunities for engaging families in transforming low-performing schools? (3:00–4:30 p.m.)

  • Robert Balfanz, Director, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • Charlotte Boyle, Superintendent, Creighton School District
  • Antonia Hern‡ndez, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Community Foundation
  • Robert L. Hughes, President, New Visions for Public Schools
  • Catherine Jordan, Program Manager, Afterschool, Family, and Community, SEDL
  • Minnie Pearce-Tate, Parent Representative and Parent/ Community Engagement Consultant, National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents

Panel #3 and #4 Discussant: Leah Raphael, 2010–2011 Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Charlotte Secondary School, Charlotte, North Carolina

Closing Remarks (4:30–4:45 p.m.)

Carmel Martin, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

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