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New OC Article: How to Virtually Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4, 2020


We typically celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with festivals, parades and educational events at school, and in our communities, but these options are not feasible this year. Thankfully, there are other ways we can virtually embrace, learn and appreciate the beauties of Hispanic and Latinx cultures at home and with our family, friends and classmates.

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Partner Resource: A Principal’s Guide to Leading in the Time of a Pandemic

October 8 2020

Learning Heroes has released "A Principal’s Guide to Leading in the Time of a Pandemic: Effective Family Engagement Strategies and Resources" to help school leaders support families during this challenging time.

New Resource: Discussion Guide to Meaningfully Engage Parents and Teachers During Times of Crisis

September 18, 2020

The recent crisis, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has revealed that we need to be better at effectively and meaningfully engaging key stakeholders, such as teachers and parents. AFT and PTA partnered to conduct focus groups with parents and teachers to find out how they preferred to be engaged during times of crisis. This discussion guide provides parent and teacher leaders, school principals, district administrators and community partner groups with a synopsis of our process, findings, and additional guidance to improve family and teacher engagement in times of crisis in your respective communities.

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Notes from the Backpack Season 3 is Available Now!

September 16, 2020

Notes from the Backpack HostsA new season of Notes from the Backpack has launched. Tune in to get expert advice on surviving and thriving during this abnormal school year! Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform:

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Parents know that they play an important role in their child’s success. But traditional family engagement practices don’t always meet the needs of each and every family, nor treat them as equal partners in ensuring their child’s success. Family-School partnerships often focus primarily on academic success, but whole child development is also an essential part of the conversation.

The solution? Transformative Family Engagement.

Transformative family engagement is a shared effort of families, schools and community leaders to advance programs, practices and policies that empower every parent to make their child’s potential a reality.

The Four 'I's of transformative family engagement outline how your PTA can become more inclusive, individualized, integrated and impactful in its approach to family engagement.

Four Principles of Transformative Family Engagement

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