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Monday, March 25 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Reimagining Family Engagement as a Tool for Harnessing the Power of Community and Improving Outcomes for Students

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"In order to authentically engage in meaningful school and community change, it is essential to understand the historical and social context of a community to identify entry points. In this session, participants will learn about the journey of New Bedford Public Schools (NBPS), an urban school district in Massachusetts, as they worked to cultivate an approach to family engagement centered around developing authentic opportunities for building relationships and opportunities for educators, families, and students. Participants will leave with an understanding of key strategies and practices used to engage, educate, and empower all stakeholders.

Participants, in this session, will explore NBPS family engagement framework and learn strategies that can enable families to become more engaged, educated, and empowered. Community resources and supports to engage, educate, and empower families, students, and community members will be identified as well as strategies that effectively engage families in improving school climate and student outcomes. "

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Erin Duarte

Lead Wraparound Coordinator, New Bedford Public Schools
Erin Duarte, Lead Wraparound Coordinator with New Bedford Public Schools, brings 18+ years of progressive and dynamic experience to the student and families of NBPS. Erin is a native of New Bedford and a graduate of its school system, therefore, she understands the needs of the community... Read More →

Maria Spears

New Bedford Public Schools

Kimberly Soto-Hurtado

Wraparound Coordinator, New Bedford Public Schools
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Julie Mador

Registrar/Family Welcome Center, New Bedford Public Schools
Julie Mador is the Registrar, Homeless Liaison, and Foster Care Point of Contact for New Bedford Public Schools. Julie also holds a position with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a Regional Homeless Liaison. She serves on the Executive board of... Read More →
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Jariel Vergne

Wraparound Manager, New Bedford Public Schools

Monday March 25, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 103