BACSN Forum 2015

Beyond Random Acts…Family Engagement in Community Schools
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The 2015 Bay Area Community Schools Network (BACSN) annual forum focused on family engagement in community schools. The forum was attended by over 160 participants, representing 13 school district and 34 non-profit and public agencies from the Bay Area and Northern California.

DrKarenMappKeynote: Dr. Karen Mapp
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The forum started with a keynote address from Karen Mapp, EdD, the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Mapp presented her Dual Capacity Framework for Family School Partnerships. The framework provides schools and parents with a compass that guides them on their common journey toward effective family engagement to drive school improvement and student achievement. This framework is especially helpful for community schools because it helps them to develop collaboration plans, shared goals, and transparent communication and accountability strategies for student academic and career success.

Panel Discussion: Systemic, Integrated and Sustained Family Engagement
Following Dr. Mapp’s presentation, a panel of local community school experts talked about the strategies their districts and agencies use to engage families. The panel included:

  • Sandra Portasio, Director of School-Community Partnerships—Redwood City School District
  • Margit Birge, Program Associate, Region IX Equity Assistance Center—WestEd
  • Maribel Sainez, Office of Family & Community Engagement—San Francisco Unified School District
  • Raquel Jimenez, MAEd, Community Engagement Coordinator—Oakland Unified School District
  • Melia Franklin, Executive Director—Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN)

TenehWellerStrategies for Successful Family Engagement (Download Presentation) and Theories of Action (link to Theories of Action) with Teneh Weller
Teneh Weller, Executive Director of High Expectations, also presented at the 2015 BACSN forum. Ms. Weller is an expert in building the capacity of schools, families and communities as they partner together to promote student academic success. Ms. Weller’s presentation focused on concrete strategies for implementation of the Dual Capacity Framework for Family School Partnerships, which included a facilitated breakout session on theories of action.

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