Changing The Conversation About Parent Engagement

Everyone agrees that parent engagement is critical to student success. This is especially true for families whose children are at-risk due to poverty, low levels of parental education, or other risk factors. However, not everyone agrees on what that involvement looks like. This session is designed for educators involved with parent work. We will get to the heart of parent engagement by exploring the following questions:
• What really is parent engagement?
• What is the role of the school in parent engagement?
• What does authentic parent engagement look like?
Through this presentation, we hope to engage educators in a conversation about parent involvement that will change the way educators view parents, as well as how we engage them in their children’s learning.

PRESENTERS: Jane Harris and Katie Crotty are founding members of Link Education Project. As Director of Parent Engagement, Jane understands the critical role parents play in creating a solid educational experience for children. Through her leadership, Link has created multiple programs, including Parents in the Middle, Parents on the Edge, Parent Leadership Teams, and Parent Book Clubs. Katie, as Director of Teaching and Learning, supports teachers and parents in their roles as models of lifelong learning. Jane and Katie have developed multiple parent engagement projects that are all based on deep respect for families and quality relationships among parents and caregivers. They have been in the field of education for many years, and both taught in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In addition to teaching in the classroom, they have facilitated professional development for teachers, staff and parents. Jane has also taught at John Carroll University, and she continues to supervise student teachers.

Tea and Coffee Provided. Vending Machines Available.


Friday March 29, 2019 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


The Educational Services Center of Northeast Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Blvd
Independence, OH 44131


Christine Lee