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Engaging Families: A Relationship-Centered Approach


Engaging Families: A Relationship-Centered Approach

Families and parenting adults are vital to young people's learning and development. Yet it can be challenging to engage them meaningfully, particularly as their children enter middle and high school. This workshop reframes family engagement based on developmental relationships. In doing so, it sows seeds for practical strategies to work together for young people's resilience and thriving.

Participants Will:
  • Become familiar with the 5 elements of the Developmental Relationships Framework and identify some ways that the 5 elements are reflected in the role of parenting adults
  • Understand 4 critical shifts for reframing and centering family engagement efforts
  • Be able to describe a relationship-based approach to engaging families
  • Identify a next step for implementing a relationship-based approach
  • Identify and be prepared to address the challenges and underlying obstacles to partnering with families
  • Learn practical ideas, strategies and tools for integrating developmental relationships into their engagement efforts among diverse families
Who Should Attend:
  • Parenting and family life educators
  • Family involvement coordinators
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Social service providers
  • Youth workers
  • Staff from family-serving organizations
  • Faith community leaders
  • Members of collective impact partnerships and other community coalitions

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