with Dr. Jill Handley & Dr. Lara Donnelly
Dates: September 20, 27, October 11, 25
Target Audience: K-12 (administrators, curriculum specialists, general education staff, special education staff)
One optional university credit: $164
Although research shows family engagement can positively impact student achievement, school leaders and teachers have so much on their plates that they have a difficult time creating sustainable systems and structures for family engagement.
This webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to assess their current family engagement systems, strategies to enhance two-way communication, and tools to build funds of knowledge for equitable family support.
Participants will walk away with ready-to-implement strategies for creating and sustaining reciprocal community partnerships and be inspired by the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) successfully used by a Title I school to remove barriers and engage even the most disengaged families.
- Session 1 – Overview of MTSS for Families
- Session 2 – Strategies and Resources for Enhancing Relationships and Effective Communication
- Session 3 – Implementing MTSS for Families
- Session 4 – Strategies and Resources for Enhancing Shared Responsibility, Advocacy, and Community Partnerships
Dr. Jill Handley is an award-winning principal who is in her 17th year leading Kenwood Elementary, located in Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky the 30th largest urban school district in the nation. In addition to leading her own school, Jill mentors new & aspiring principals; has presented at the local, state and national level; has authored and been featured in a variety of publications; and is the host of Be The Leader You Deserve podcast. Jill led Kenwood to have one of the highest MAP growth achievements of Title I schools in her district across subgroups. Kenwood was selected as a Bright Spot School by the Prichard Committee, selected as a State and National School of Character, recognized as a success story school by Solution Tree, is a National ESEA Distinguished School, and is the first school in Kentucky to certify as a Family Friendly School.
Dr. Lara Donnelly is a school counselor of Kenwood Elementary in Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky. Dr. Donnelly helped Kenwood become the first Family Friendly School (2022) in the state of Kentucky, National ESEA Distinguished School (2021), and a National School of Character (2019). Dr. Donnelly received the JCPS Elementary School Counselor of the Year award in 2018. Recent presentations include 2023 ASCD Annual Conference, 2023 KSCA Annual Conference, 2022 ASCD Leadership Summit, 2022 ASCD Annual Conference, 2021 ESEA Annual Conference, and 2021 REACH WSR conference.