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The 2018 Maryland Family Engagement Summit

The 2018 Maryland Family Engagement Summit
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The 2018 Maryland Family Engagement Summit

Registration for the annual Summit closed in less than a week.

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood hosted its annual Family Engagement Summit to bring together parents, providers, teachers, program coordinators, and other stakeholders to learn new early learning initiatives, share best practices and build community partnerships.

The Maryland Families Engage table at the Summit
A poster from the Family Engagement Summit's poster session
MSDE leaders pose with the Maryland Families Engage poster
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During this educational and thought-provoking Summit, the Division also launched Maryland’s new Family Engagement community Hub website: marylandfamiliesengage.org. In addition, more than 250 members of the early care and education community connected with national and local early learning and child development experts, who shared their expertise on topics affecting today’s families such as opioid addiction, immigration, violence, poverty, and more.

In its third year, the Summit offered creative approaches to identifying and meeting parents’ needs, as well as innovative strategies for engaging families and children and supporting their mental health and social emotional learning.

Open the Summit’s program here to learn more about the event’s activities and speakers (PDF).

Keynote Speaker: Joyce L. Epstein

The Summit’s keynote address was delivered by early learning and child development expert Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of both the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), and a research professor of education and sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Epstein is credited with more than 100 publications on the nature and effects of family and community involvement. In 1995, she established NNPS to help school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community engagement linked to student success in school.

Presentation Handouts

Joyce Epstein, Ph.D.

Susan Sonnenschein, Ph.D.

Panel Presentation Lisa Davis

Panel Presentation Mandy Feeney

Using Media to Promote Collective Capacity in Family Engagement

Media Mentorship for Family Engagement

Empowerment is Our Policy: Utilizing Parent Leaders to Create Positive Impact

It Takes a Village: Understanding Millennials and gen Xers as Parents

The Importance of Culturally, Diverse Voices in Educational Settings: Utilizing Immigrant Parent Leaders to Connect Educators to the Communities they Serve – Gardner

The Importance of Culturally Diverse Voices in Educational Settings -Pruneda Hernandez

From Parent Participant to Parent Leader

High Impact Culturally Responsive Family, School, and Community Engagement for Early Childhood Education

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