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Family Engagement Resources & Updates: January 2022
Our Community is Growing
Cambria Russell
Cambria Russell
Director, MASFEC
Do you have a family engagement topic or question you'd like us to work on? We'd love to hear from you at sfecma@fcsn.org!
Last week, MASFEC completed one of our Strengthening Partnerships Train the Trainer sessions. This program helps communities implement Massachusetts' collaboratively-developed framework for equity-driven family engagement. The women and men who joined us brought deep knowledge and insights to share, and I left these sessions feeling inspired.

In a recent report to one of our funders, I had the opportunity to reflect on how fast our community of families and family engagement practitioners is growing. In fact, between MASFEC and the other programs that make up FCSN, we provided resources and trainings to more than 60,000 participants last year! If you were one of them, thank you for being part of this incredible number.

All of this can be a reminder that Family Engagement is not a one-person job. It's about many different people working together to make sure that all young people have the opportunity to thrive. None of us is alone in this work, and together we make a powerful community!
Events & Opportunities
Career & Technical Education:
๏ปฟWhat Families Need to Know
Career & Technical Education provides a strong foundation for college and has been shown to lead to higher earnings. Yet, not all families and students are aware of their options!

Join us for Career and Technical Education: What Families Need to Know โ€“ a workshop and listening session offered in six languages.

  • Portuguese: Friday, February 11 at 7:30pm
  • English: Saturday, February 12 at 10am
  • Vietnamese: Saturday, February 12 at 12pm
  • Haitian Creole: Sunday, February 13 at 4pm
  • Chinese: Tuesday, February 15 at 5pm
  • Spanish: Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30pm
VOC Registration Open
Envision Your Visions of Community Experience
The Visions of Community (VOC) 2022 Conference is coming up in March! Please check out our hand-picked list of workshops you may be interested in as someone engaged with MASFECโ€™s mission of fostering compassionate, effective, and culturally responsive family engagement.

Connecting Families Series:
Learning during the pandemic
On February 10 at 5pm, join the Federation for Children with Special Needs for a conversation about learning during the pandemic. Facilitated by Elizabeth Bostic, this session will welcome families to share experiences and define needed solutions to the challenges we've faced.

Resources from MASFEC
Anti-Racist Reading List for Middle Schoolers
Whether or not a child identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), reading about a diverse array of experiences will make them more empathetic, and better able to thrive in an increasingly diverse world. Just in time for Black History Month, we invite you to take a look at these recommendations for anti-racist reading.

Teens and Materialism
Our culture shapes how we view the world around us, and in the U.S. it's common to link material possessions with prestige. As part of our series on tips for Middle School families, Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. offers advice on this phenomenon and how to support children and teens to navigate it.

Lunar New Year Books for Young Readers
Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. has compiled a collection of childrenโ€™s picture books great for learning about Asian cultures or to celebrate the traditions already practiced in your community and/or home. Choose some favorites to read and share this Lunar New Year (Tuesday, February 1st), and remember to revisit these and other titles throughout the year.

FREE Professional Development
Strengthening Partnerships Train the Trainer
MASFEC is hosting one more session of our Training of Trainers session for individuals interested in bringing the Strengthening Partnerships model to your school or district.

  • April 5, 6, and 7 from 1pm โ€“ 4pm

Participants who complete all 3 sessions will be supported to deliver the program at least 2 times within one year of training and to report the data on your work back to MASFEC.

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. Read more here!

Five sessions are offered each month from January through June of 2022. Contact Bridget Koetsch at bkoetsch@fcsn.org more details or Learn more and register here!
ICYMI: Family Engagement Practices for IEP Teams
The Federation for Children with Special Needs has partnered with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and other organizations as part of the IEP Improvement Project. Included in this work was the development of a course to support school staff in meaningfully including students and families. The course can be completed at your own pace and includes many MASFEC resources.

Take Your Partnerships to the Next Level
MASFEC and the Federation stand ready to assist organizations and districts that are ready to go deeper in the direction of equity-driven partnership.

Check out our statements on new resources and opportunities available through these new policy initiatives:

Then, reach out! We'd love to work with you.
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