The Maryland State Department of Education today announced nearly 1,500 parents, superintendents, teachers, providers, program coordinators, administrators, and other representatives from family-serving organizations joined the conversation virtually to discuss “Birth-12 Equitable Family, School, Community Engagement” during the annual Family Engagement Summit. The 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series includes five engaging virtual events on the second Thursday of every month until December 2020 at 3 p.m.
Each webinar will feature national and local experts who will share research-based strategies designed to meet the educational needs of diverse student populations, their families, and communities. This year’s theme is “Small Changes for Big Results: Understanding Equity and Implicit Bias when Engaging Families,” which highlights the need for educators to be more sensitive, knowledgeable, and responsive to families’ cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
Last year, registration for the annual Family Engagement Summit closed in 20 minutes. This year, over 700 participants discussed Equity and Implicit Bias during the Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 kick-off event featuring Dr. Walter Gilliam, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Over 600 visitors to the Maryland Families Engage website have viewed or downloaded Dr. Gilliam’s presentation. Another 600 participants joined the conversation about Mental Health and Trauma for the second webinar on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, featuring Dr. Howard Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Every year, the Summit is very popular among families, educators, and administrators who recognize the importance of family engagement and seek a supportive atmosphere where they can exchange ideas,” said Ready At Five Executive Director Keri Hyde and Carroll County Public Library Director for Community Engagement Dorothy Stoltz, Co-chairs for the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition. “This year, we are pleased to offer this forum virtually to discuss strategies and find solutions to address equity in education.”
The third webinar in the 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at 3 p.m. and focus on Structural Inequality in America. Leading the conversation will be Natalie Gillard, creator and facilitator of Just the FACTS by FACTUALITY. Based on the dialogue and board game that disseminates facts about the various tiers of structural inequality, the virtual equivalent will capture the implications for marginalized populations during COVID-19.
In its fifth year, the annual Family Engagement Summit offers innovative approaches to meeting the needs of parents and families, while providing resources that support implementation strategies for early care and education providers. The Summit is a collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition, and MAEC.
Coming Soon: Registration for the third webinar, on October 8, in the 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series!