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Family Engagement Resources & Updates - March 1, 2022
The Power of the Parent
Cambria Russell
Cambria Russell
Director of MASFEC
Conversations that Matter
The Power of
the Parent
Wednesday, March 2 4pm on Zoom

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This week, I will be joining MASFEC and FCSN colleagues Heidi Harris and Rosalie Rippey along with Cape Cod parent leader Sarah Rock for a discussion titled "The Power of the Parent" with Marie Younger Blackburn on her web series, Conversations that Matter.

We're so excited to join this conversation and spotlight our efforts to build the capacity of schools and families to partner with one another in support of student success. As the title of the conversation suggests, this kind of partnership can be immensely powerful! We hope you will join us!

The stories in this month's newsletter point to the power of parents, families, and educators who work together with a shared goal of equitable opportunity for all students. If there are more stories you'd like us to share, we hope you'll reach out to us at sfecma@fcsn.org!

New Resources from MASFEC
Welcoming Your Afghan Students Resources for Educators
Welcoming Your Afghan Students
In the past six months, the US – among other countries – has welcomed tens of thousands of Afghan newcomers to our shores. Like every immigrant group, Afghans enrich our country. They have also faced intense trauma following the 20-year occupation and abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

MASFEC has compiled a list of resources to assist educators in welcoming and supporting Afghan students. Former educator and MASFEC author-in-residence, Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. has also developed helpful guidance that parents and educators can use to frame how they talk about newcomers with children and teens. We hope you find these resources useful enough to share with colleagues and friends in your community.
Measuring the Impact of Home Visits
Despite widespread respect for the practice, home visits are not as widely used in school settings as we might hope. Which raises the question, is it worth the investment of time and resources to try to expand this practice?

A recent study by Institute for Education Sciences strongly suggests that the answer is yes. A recent study from Washington, D.C. schools measured the impact of one home visit on student attendance, disciplinary involvement, and academic performance. Read about it here.
We Need to Talk About Teacher Burnout
Have you ever felt mentally exhausted, dreaded going into work, and found your work troubles were negatively affecting your personal life? If you answered yes, you might be burnt out. The newest member of our MASFEC team, Mikayla Metcalf, offers recommendations for ways to address the dramatic increase in reported educator burnout. Read it here.
Language-Accessible Information about Career & Technical Education
The Secondary Options Family Engagement Project has been working closely with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop family-friendly, translated information about career, vocational, and technical education options. New web-based resources have now launched, with more changes planned in response to parent and caregiver feedback.

The new, human-translated version of Massachusetts School Finder includes content in six languages and a map to visualize school and program locations. Check it out here

A new section of the DESE website has been developed to respond to the questions and concerns raised by families. Also human translated - view this information here
Photo of Lucille Bridges in front of Norman Rockwell's painting of her daughter, Ruby Bridges. Photo originally appeared in the New York Times.
Powerful Parents
In honor of Black History Month, FCSN and MASFEC Project Manager Rosalie Rippey helped to develop a social media campaign highlighting the impact of African American parents and self-advocates on both racial desegregation and disability rights. Rosalie shares some lessons learned, including from the story of Lucille Bridges, pictured here with a famous painting of her daughter, Ruby. Read her reflections.
Workshops & Trainings
VOC Registration Open
Visions of Community is Almost HERE!
Join us! March 14-19, 2022
The Visions of Community (VOC) 2022 Conference is coming up this month! Please check out our hand-picked list of workshops you may be interested in as someone engaged with MASFEC’s mission of fostering compassionate, effective, and culturally responsive family engagement here

Then if you haven't already, Register Today!
Connecting Families: It Takes a Village
March 3 at 5pm
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in a hybrid-digital-distanced world, our “villages” look different than years past. More than ever, we need the right supports in place for ourselves and families. Come learn about different support systems, how to build them and keep them strong!

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Workshops for Families - at FCSN.org
FCSN offers a wide array of workshops and trainings for families, educators, healthcare and service providers in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. Check out upcoming workshops including:

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!
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 – 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.

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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