Family Involvement Conference
October 14-17, 2018
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Monday, October 16

Frances Frost

Be Intentional - Inclusive - Inspired. Be Engaged.

Frances Frost
Family Ambassador
U.S. Department of Education

Frances Frost is the Family Ambassador at the U.S. Department of Education, serving as an advocate for family engagement in education and equitable opportunities for learning for all children. She brings the family voice to discussions at a national level and facilitates discussions between the Department, families and family engagement stakeholders.

Frances began her career in education as a high school teacher and continues being involved in school through her children's sports and extra-curricular activities, the PTA, and school-based committees. She graduated from Wake Forest University and University of Delaware. Frances is a wife and mother, author and avid reader.

Tuesday, October 17

Re-Thinking Parent and Family Engagement

Quibila Divine
Quibila Divine
Founder, President
The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc. (EARTHS)

Quibila Divine has over 20 years of experience educating students, enlightening families and empowering communities as the Founder and President of her own non-profit agency, The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc. (EARTHS). She retired early from the PA State Employees Retirement System after nearly 20 years of combined service at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Divine is an advisor to PARENT POWER (What Will You Do With Yours?) and serves on the Community Advisory Board of Northeast Treatment Centers (NET) Community Umbrella Agency.

Stephanie Smith Budhai
Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education
Neumann University

Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education at Neumann University. She has instructed family and community engagement courses to preservice teachers, as well as parenting workshops at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Dr. Budhai has co-authored several books including her recent publication, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community. She is on the Board of Directors at St. Malachy School in North Philadelphia, focusing primarily on supporting families through the high school admissions process.

Kristine Lewis Grant
Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Multicultural and Urban Education
Drexel University

Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Multicultural and Urban Education at Drexel University. Her research interests include family engagement, university-school partnerships, and equity in urban schools. She coordinates family seminars and teacher professional development workshops for Drexel's Lindy Scholars Program, a comprehensive middle school mentoring program. She is Vice President of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (PA-NAME). She serves on the board of Stories to Grow By, a multicultural storytelling resource for children, parents, and teachers.

Wednesday, October 18

Evidence-based Family Engagement

Vito Borello
Executive Director
National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)

Vito is the first Executive Director for the national Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE). Prior to this, he served nineteen years as president of Every Person Influences Children (EPIC), a national organization providing parent education, family engagement in education and character education programs to help families, schools and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults. He shares his expertise on multiple state and nation committees, coalitions and boards.

Vito Borello

Concurrent Sessions

Monday's Sessions

  • How to Engage a Community to Help Those in Need
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Building family engagement through fathers and father-figures of your students volunteering a full school day
  • Education and Wellness
  • Parent Education: Equipping Parents as Educational Partners
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Pursuing Systemic Change to Advance Family Engagement
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Strategy
  • Building Educator Capacity For Family Engagement
  • Making a New Path: how change happens
  • Exploring and Developing a School and Home Health & Wellness Program through Parent Advocacy
  • Youth for Astronomy & Engineering Program: Engaging Local Families and Partners
  • Engaging the WHOLE Community with Technology
  • Social Cruelty: Why Good Kids Act Cruel
  • Family Involvement: Strategies and Promising Practices for Student Success

Tuesday's Sessions

  • Introduction to Special Education and knowing your rights
  • All Alone! Why aren't you engaging your community?
  • Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM): A Family Affair
  • Family Engagement & Conflict Management
  • 7 Ways to celebrate Reading at Home
  • Parent Leadership & Advocacy for Change through Empowerment (PLACE) Training Model
  • Working with Children Affected by Violence
  • Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Meeting our Students and Families Where They Are
  • If you build it, they will come: A PAC Success Story
  • Enjoying Children
  • Taking off with STEAM Activities
  • Working with Families and their Communities to Cultivate Creativity and Innovation in Young Learners
  • What are you waiting for?
  • The Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday's Session

  • Increasing Academic Success through Reducing Chronic Absence
  • Be Prepared: Getting Ready for Your Child's IEP Meeting
  • Community Engagement Vision Board
Sessions are subject to change