The Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit Charting New Territories in Family Engagement September 17 2021 logo

The Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit is a day of professional learning and connecting virtually with those dedicated to advancing effective family-school-community partnerships across Ohio and beyond. Hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University, this Summit brings research to action by providing schools, families, and community partners with the tools they need to work together to launch all children to success. If you are a parent leader, educator, or community partner looking for opportunities to evolve your practice to next generation family and community engagement, this summit is for you.  

Session Tracks

This year, the Summit offers four tracks to personalize your learning. Each track includes presentations during each concurrent learning session on family engagement and the intersection of another important area in education. Below are the available tracks at this year’s Summit.

Mental Health and Family Engagement

Transitions and Family Engagement

Opportunity for All and Family Engagement

Family Engagement Leadership and Planning

Schedule

Banner: 9:00 Welcome and Keynote

Headshot: Dr. Paul Gorski

Dr. Paul Gorski, Founder and Lead Equity Specialist, Equity Literacy Institute

Dr. Gorski will be hosting a virtual office hour on Tuesday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. Mark your calendars and bring your questions and ideas spurred by his Keynote address.

Headshot: Dr. Barbara Boone

Dr. Barbara Boone, Director, The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

Dr. Ana-Paula Correia

Dr. Ana-Paula Correia, Director, The Center on Education and Training for Employment, The Ohio State University

Headshot: Paulo DeMaria

Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

Banner:10:15 a.m. Concurrent Learning Sessions

During concurrent learning sessions, multiple presenters will be providing learning experiences at the same time. Review the information about each presenter below along with their available session materials to select a session. Click the session name to access the presentation. Don’t worry! Every session will be recorded and shared here following the Summit.

Headshot: Dr. Sharon Custer
Mental Health Session Track

Session 1: How to Push Forward with Caregivers Instead of Pushing Back

Dr. Sharon Custer, Social Work Field Director, Miami University

Session Materials

Transitions Session Track

Session 2: Establishing Families as Partners in the Secondary Transition Process

Amy Szymanski and Dr. Sarah Westerfield, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education

Session Materials

Headshot: Amy Szymanski
Headshot: Dr. Sara Westerfield
Opportunity for All Session Track

Session 3: From Equity to Equality: Ensuring Opportunity for All By Implementing a REDI Framework

Dr. Kenyona Walker; Dr. Melissa Ross; and Dr. Dave Julian, The Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Headshot: Dr. Kenyona Walker
Headshot: Dr. Melissa Ross
Headshot: Dr. Dave Julian
Leadership and Planning Session Track

Session 4: Engaging Families as Leaders through a Multi-Tiered Approach

Hadley Bachman and Dr. Barbara Boone, The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

Session Materials

Headshot: Dr. Hadley Bachman
Headshot: Dr. Barbara Boone

Headshot: Jen Griffing
Leadership and Planning Session Track

Session 5: Family Engagement and Early Literacy: Leveraging Ohio’s Rubric for School Teams

Jen Griffing, Regional Early Literacy Specialist, State Support Team 9

Session Materials

Banner: 11:30 a.m. Power Up Sessions

Power Up Sessions at 11:30 are only 30-minutes long and provide a firsthand account of a school’s experience implementing a family engagement practice. Having a hard time choosing between such interesting options? Don’t worry! Every session will be recorded and shared here following the Summit.

Session 6: Swanton Elementary School: Partnering with Families to Develop Parent-Friendly Reports

Vicki Young, Kristy Shinaver, Kristi Molter and Mindy Meyer, Swanton Local Schools

Session Materials

Headshot: Vicki Young
Headshot: Kristy Shinaver
Headshot: Kristi Molter
Headshot: Mindy Meyer

Session 7: Exchange to Engage: The guide to engaging diverse communities through language exchange

Rachel Kimbrow, Author and Elementary Educator

Session Materials

Headshot: Travis Dorsey

Session 8: Improving Family-School Partnership Through the National Network of Partnerships School Model in Clermont Northeastern

TJ Dorsey, Dean of Students, Clermont Northeastern Schools

Session Materials

Session 9: Improving Family-School Partnership Through the National Network of Partnerships School Model in Columbus City

Seneca Bing and Gherima Woldemariam, Columbus City Schools

Session Materials

Banner: 12:15 Family Leader Panel Discussion

A discussion with family leaders about family-school-community-partnerships

Headshot: Jhuma Acharya

Jhuma Acharya, Blacklick, Ohio

Headshot: Bryttani Debro

Bryttani Debro, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Kristy Gillfillan, Mt. Victory, Ohio

Headshot: Heather Hetchler

Heather Hetchler, Olmstead Township, Ohio

Banner: 1:00 pm Concurrent Learning Sessions
Headshot: Dr. Eric Anderman
Mental Health Session Track

Session 11: Supporting Student Motivation at Home and at School

Dr. Eric Anderman, Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Transitions Session Track

Session 12: Family Engagement in Middle Schoolers’ Career Exploration

Kayla Mack, Education Program Specialist, Ohio Department of Education

Patrick Cunningham and Keli Bussell, The Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Headshot: Kayla Mack
Headshot: Patrick Cunningham
Headshot: Keli Bussell
Opportunity for All Session Track

Session 13: Holding Great Meetings for Families

Megan Horstmeier, Regional School Improvement and Special Education Compliance Consultant, State Support Team 13

Kim Moritz, Consultant, State Support Team 6

Jackie Jacoby, Urban Literacy Specialist, State Support Team 1

Session Materials

Headshot: Megan Horstmeier
Headshot: Kim Moritz
Headshot: Jackie Jacoby
Leadership and Planning Session Track

Session 14: The Ohio Department of Education’s Leadership for Family Engagement

Alexandra Nardo, Family and Community Coordinator, Ohio Department of Education

Session Materials

Headshot: Angela Provansano
Opportunity for All Session Track

Session 15: Engaging Grandfamilies and Kinship Caregivers

Angela Provenzano, The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Headshot: Nakeia Hudson
Mental Health Session Track

Session 16: Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Families in Mind

Nakeia Hudson, School-Based Behavioral Health Services, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Session Materials

Headshot: Dr. Brett Zyromski
Mental Health Session Track

Session 17: Fostering Student Success in the Pandemic

Dr. Brett Zyromski, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Transitions Session Track

Session 18: Bridging early childhood education and kindergarten transition:  Best practices for preschool, elementary school and family partnerships

Anneliese Johnson, Principal, A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning

Session Materials

Opportunity for All Session Track

Session 19: Practical Tips: Working with Culturally Diverse Families

Bonnie Jean Smith, Dao Xiong, Hassan Samantar, and Jesus Villaseñor, PACER Center

Session Materials

Headshot: Bonnie Jean Smith
Headshot: Dao Xiong
Headshot: Hassan Samantar
Headshot: Jesus Villasenor
Headshot: Dr. Karen Beard
Leadership and Planning Session Track

Session 20: Trust Matters in Leading Family Engagement

Dr. Karen Stansberry Beard, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Session Materials

Session 21: Partnering with Families through Community Learning Centers

Kwesi Rollins, Vice President of Leadership & Engagement, Institute for Educational Leadership

Lisa Hunt, Family Engagement Specialist, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Stuart McIntyre, Community Learning Center Project Director, Ohio Federation of Teachers

Session Materials

Headshot: Kwesi Rollins
Headshot: Lisa Hunt
Headshot: Stuart McIntyre

Don’t want the learning to stop? Learn more about our professional learning community, Family Engagement Leaders of Ohio, by clicking the button below. Family Engagement Leaders of Ohio (FELOs) brings together family engagement professionals from across the state virtually to share their experience and to learn together how we can build partnerships with all families in our pre K – 12 education community.