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October-November 2022

Language Access & Educational Opportunity

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“I wish I had known about this!” 

A new resource developed by FCSN and MASFEC aims to eliminate this expression of regret from families’ vocabularies. 

The new School Finder Project helps families access information about educational opportunities while partnering with schools and organizations to to promote language access.

Our talented team of bilingual professionals speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, and Vietnamese - and interpretation is available in 150 more languages. We offer:

  • A multi-language phone line for families
  • Workshops and trainings for families, in six languages
  • Consultation and training to support culturally responsive family engagement 

We strive to be a resource to schools, community organizations and families - complementing local efforts and offering tools and strategies that expand capacity.

Learn more at fcsn.org/schoolfinder, email SchoolFinder@fcsn.org, or give us a call!

1 (800) 208-2242  

  • English – Option 1
  • Spanish – Option 2
  • Haitian-Creole & French – Option 3
  • Portuguese – Option 4
  • Chinese – Option 5
  • Vietnamese – Option 6
  • All Other Languages – Option 8

Language Access & Support

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For Professionals!

Language and Cultural Access

…with the School Finder Project

Learn about our new program while gaining ideas for improving your language access practices.

Date: November 18

Time: 10-11am

Location: Virtual


Language Access Session Registration

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For Families!

Educational Options, from Start to Finish

Please help spread the word about a series of workshops aimed at helping families understand the wide array of academic, enrichment and vocational options available for free in public school systems. 

We have sessions in various languages throughout the month of December. Please click the links to view and share a translated flyer.


Educational Options Registration (all languages)


4 Ways to Plan for the Success of Newcomer English Learners

Check out this article from Edutopia by Monisha Bajaj with tips for helping newly arrived English language learners feel welcome. She suggests educators:

1. Understand who your students are.

2. Make students feel welcome.

3. Take a trauma-informed approach.

and our favorite tip...

4. Engage families

Family Engagement Updates

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Better Together Family Engagement Summit

On October 28, nearly 500 people gathered to share, learn, and celebrate the impact of Family Engagement on children and youth. The Better Together Family Engagement summit, organized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was a huge success

Read our blog post celebrating this inspiring event!

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Talking to Kids about Gender

Gender is loosely defined as a spectrum of identities ranging from masculine to feminine. Gender is about how we identify, not what we look like or what the world tells us that we ought to be. Yet, studies show that children internalize gender stereotypes as early as two to three years old.

In her latest blog post, our writer-in-residence Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D shares some advice on talking about gender.


Learn to Reframe Family Engagement

Offered in partnership with the National Association of Family-School-Community Engagement, Reframing Academy will teach you how to change the way people think about family engagement. This intensive seminar offers research-backed communication strategies that build awareness and support for support for equity-driven and coordinated family engagement.

Contact Rosalie Rippey at rrippey@fcsn.org for more information.

Learn more about Reframing Academy


Register for Reframing Today!

Positive Solutions: Train the Trainer

Do you have a passion for social-emotional learning and want to promote it in your community?

If so, then consider signing up for the free Positive Solutions For Families train the trainer series, where you will learn about resources to share with your professional and caregiver communities.

Dates for this school year include:  

  • January 2023: 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, and 26th, 3-5pm

  • April 2023: 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 13th, 3-5pm

Contact Bridget Koetsch at bkoetsch@fcsn.org for more details or Learn more and register for Positive Solutions here!

Strengthening Partnerships ToT

Join MASFEC for an in-depth exploration of the Massachusetts statewide framework for family engagement and learn how to bring this training back into your school, district, organization or community.

MAFEC’s three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) will be offered three times in English and one time in Spanish this school year.

December 7th, 8th, & 9th, 1-4pm – in Spanish

February 8th, 9th, & 10th, 1-4pm – in English

March 15th, 16th, & 17th, 1-4pm – in English

Learn more and register for Strengthening Partnerships here

Make a Difference

Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent Today

Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs) use their knowledge of the IEP process to support students whose parents are unable to do so. If you want to make a difference in the life of a student in your community, consider becoming a SESP today!

Learn more about becoming a SESP here. 

Listening & Learning Parent-to-Parent Training

The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program brings together families of children with disabilities to offer support and understanding. The program is seeking volunteers with children under the age of ten and those who are bilingual to learn more about the program.

For more details of our Parent-to-Parent Matching Program register for the upcoming Listening and Learning session here.

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