Webinar on Student Engagement

Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

May 11, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm PT


Join REL West for a free, one-hour webinar on state, district, and school-based strategies to support student and family engagement, particularly among vulnerable populations, in the context of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective student and family engagement relies on establishing trusting relationships in which educators, students, and their parents see themselves and each other as equal partners. Without opportunities to interact in person, it is now more difficult and also more important to build and maintain these strong relationships.

This webinar will share lessons from research and practice to help educators engage with students and their families to support continued learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will discuss strategies in three areas:

  • Cultivating a partnership orientation
  • Practicing cultural responsiveness
  • Establishing two-way communication

Presenters will include family engagement coordinators from districts in California and Nevada discussing how they are adapting their work to address current challenges, with a focus on distance learning and working with vulnerable populations.

Who should attend: state, district, and school-level staff involved with developing and implementing distance learning and supporting parent and student engagement.
Questions? Please contact Laura Buckner at lbuckne@wested.org.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences funds a network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and works with educators and policymakers to support a more evidence-based education system. In response to COVID-19, the RELs have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by the pandemic. To access these resources, visit https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/covid-19.

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