News You Can Use
January 26, 2021
When We Work Together, Kids Thrive
Cambria Russell
Cambria Russell
Director of MASFEC
At MASFEC, we work to support schools, communities and families to connect with one another around a shared goal of success for each and every student.

Ensuring student opportunity isn't a one-person job. A good metaphor is a space launch: when a whole team of people works together, young people really take off!

How are schools, community, and families working together to support student success? A new resource from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can help you evaluate your efforts and fill in any gaps. The new Family, School and Community Partnership Fundamentals outlines the concrete ingredients needed to build a culture of coordinated family engagement.

Take a look at this new document, and then write to us and tell us what you think! Young people deserve every opportunity we can give them. Working together with wonderful families and professionals like you, we know they'll reach new heights.
Educators: Putting January 6th in Context
Earlier this month, MASFEC posted some resources for talking with children and teens about the disturbing events that took place on January 6th at the US Capitol. We compiled some resources for those wishing to put these events in context and offer support to children and youth.

Celebrate Black History Month & the Joy of Reading
MASFEC's Family Literacy Calendars are designed for young children and their families to enjoy together, featuring online read-alouds and ideas for making reading accessible and fun. This month's calendar features works by and about African Americans. We are especially delighted to spotlight cherished artist and author Ezra Jack Keats throughout the month. Please share widely and enjoy!

It's All About Communication
Parent, former teacher, and educational consultant Jen Gerofsky has experienced family engagement from many different angles. The one theme that she continues to return to is the importance of communication.

Hear about her experiences in her contribution to our series, What is Family Engagement? >
Make the Most of Dark Winter Days
Short winter days provide more time when children can see the night sky. This is particularly exciting for preschoolers, whose early bedtimes mean they wake up and go to bed during daylight in the summertime.

Children's author and guest blogger Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., offers hands-on activities inspired by nocturnal animals, astronomy, and the night sky in her most recent post for MASFEC >
Visions of Community Virtual Conference
Visions of Community, the annual conference of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, offers unparalleled information and inspiration for supporting the success of students with disabilities.

This year, a major emphasis of the conference will be issues of educational equity and finding ways for schools, families and communities to work together to support the learning of all students.

Take a few minutes for YOU
MASFEC's popular Mindful Mondays continue this spring!

  • Educators may Register now for weekly, live, virtual mindfulness sessions.
  • Every third Friday, Andrea streams a meditative session called Focus Friday via the Federation for Children with Special Needs Facebook Page.
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