It was exciting to think about going to the IEL Rise Up for Equity National Summit on Community Schools and Family Engagement in Los Angeles, California with hundreds of other like-minded professionals working to improve student achievement and family engagement in communities all around America. COVID-19 was not on our radar then. Things changed. IEL and the other partner organizations did a wonderful job converting the format to virtual and executing four weeks of programming. During week three of the conference, “Rise Up for Equity” was being echoed across the nation as social unrest was unraveling in many cities. Citizens were protesting the death of George Floyd (and others) at the hands of police officers. In a crescendo of civil protests and rioting, these tragedies were compounded by years of frustration with the institutional racism people of color were experiencing. The real and raw experiences of all of the presenters and participants were inspiring on so many levels.
Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” That message is at the heart of all family engagement work. Accordingly, the sessions of this conference have had the thread of relationships woven through most of its messaging. In addition to human relationships, it is worth noting that the important components of equity, community schools, and family engagement have strong correlational relationships with the coordinator working in family engagement programs, data that is tracked, community schools using a holistic approach to support the whole child, and storytelling.
Effective family engagement professionals elevate families and lift them up as the experts on their own children and ensure their basic needs are met so they can focus on school.
The EdVenture Group, Inc. excitedly announces Kenneth Gray as the newest member of the Board of Directors.
The EdVenture Group, Inc., through generous funding from West Virginia American Water, expanded its’ STEM Days program to middle school students in Summers County, West Virginia.
On November 11-12, The EdVenture Group participated in the 2021 National Forum to Advance Rural Education hosted by National Rural Education Association in partnership with the Rural Schools Collaborative.