The Promises and Perils of Parent Engagement


Parent engagement has been linked to better academic performance, improved social skills and fewer behavioral issues for students. It’s been described as a critical element of a student’s life by organizations including the National Education Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But how can educators help foster a culture of involvement in their schools and classrooms? What factors support or hinder parent engagement? How are educators using texting, learning management systems and other methods to boost engagement?

Join EdSurge for a panel discussion on the ‘how’ and 'why’ of boosting parent involvement featuring experienced educators, researchers and thought leaders. From the latest research to pragmatic tips taken straight from the classroom, we’ll discuss the many opportunities and obstacles related to parent engagement. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

What the latest research says about parent engagement

Why parent engagement is crucial to student success

What approaches educators can use to foster better parent engagement 

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Date: January 15, 2019 1pm PT / 4pm ET

Duration: 1 hour

Meet our Panelists

Founder & CEO, EdSurge

Betsy previously worked as Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media and as an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post and Scientific American.

Host: Betsy Corcoran

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PowerMyLearning

Elisabeth Stock is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PowerMyLearning. She built PowerMyLearning from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 personalized learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education. Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT.

Elisabeth Stock

Senior Engagement Manager, WestEd

Dr. Maria Paredes is a Senior Engagement Manager at WestEd. She is a passionate educator and the author of Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT), a model of family engagement used in over 1,000 schools across the U.S. Prior to joining WestEd, Paredes was District Director of Family and Community Engagement in Phoenix, AZ.

Maria Paredes

Executive Editor, Education Content and Distribution, Common Sense Education

Erin is executive editor of content and distribution for Common Sense Education. Her work focuses on providing teachers and schools with resources to support effective edtech integration, build students' digital citizenship skills, and engage families on topics related to student media use. She's a former high school and community college educator, and has a master's degree in instructional design and technology.

Erin Wilkey Oh

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