Wisconsin Leadership Cohort

Results-Oriented Family Engagement

The '5 Simple Principles’ to build trust, improve relationships and solve systemic problems in schools

Instructor: Dr. Steven Constantino

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Overview

It’s easy to talk about the importance of family engagement. But how can family engagement be applied as a practical solution to impact school improvement efforts and to improve the school experience for students and families?

Wisconsin educators can now register for an eight-session virtual cohort experience with national family engagement expert and best-selling author Dr. Steve Constantino. This experience will lead you through an actionable framework to develop inclusive family engagement plans that address and remove barriers to effective family engagement.

Teams will explore the tools and processes, including technology, that can be used to collect information on present conditions and specific practices to enhance present efforts in family engagement.

Teams will then design a process of active outreach to increase the engagement of families with attention focused on those families that are traditionally disengaged or unreached.

At the conclusion of this experience, a virtual summit will be held for all teams to share what they have learned and the planning they have done, enabling the cohort to learn from Dr. Constantino and from each other

Apply Dr. Constantino’s Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family framework to increase knowledge of and enthusiasm to engage each and every family.

Dates

This cohort will meet eight times for 90-minutes between October 2022 and May 2023.

Cost

Teams of 5 start at $3,300 or sign up as an individual for $695

Who should attend

District-level and school administrators will benefit most from this cohort, all are welcome.

Meet your instructor

With over 25 years of experience in Family Engagement, Dr. Constantino has designed and delivered award-winning keynotes, concurrent sessions training, masterclasses, and customized professional development services to education clients around the United States and worldwide. You now have the opportunity to join national expert Dr. Steve Constantino for a unique year-long exploration into authentic family engagement practices through his Five Simple Principles ™ model and curriculum.

The Experience

  • Educational teams and Individuals will engage in a series of intentional learning activities:
  • Using the 5 Simple Principles, teams/individuals will design a process of active outreach to increase the engagement of families with attention focused on those families that are traditionally disengaged or unreached.
  • Develop inclusive Family Engagement plans that address and remove barriers to effective engagement.
  • Determine specific strategies that can be implemented by district/school/program staff to engage families more effectively with ongoing learning in school and at home.
  • Explore the role that technology can play to enhance the efforts to fully engage families.
  • Explore the tools and processes that can be used to collect information on present conditions and specific practices to enhance present efforts in family engagement.
    Increase participants’ knowledge of and enthusiasm to engage each and every family.

Opening Session Kick-Off

Dr. Constantino will meet with the cohort as part of a virtual kick-off event to launch the program, set an agenda and learning goals and share the Five Simple Principles ™ model and curriculum.

Structured Monthly Sessions

Invite up to 5 members of your team to a series of structured monthly conversations where teams will have the opportunity to learn best practice in implementing, sustaining and measuring authentic family engagement processes. Through individualized activities participants will apply their learning, bring forward challenges, and brainstorm solutions using data collected between sessions which becomes the basis for future goals and objectives.

Closing Session - Summit

At the conclusion of this experience, a June 2023 virtual summit (date TBD) will be offered for all teams to share what they have learned and the planning they have done including any developed family engagement plans, enabling the cohort to learn from each other.

Plus…

All participants will receive a copy of Dr. Constantino’s bestselling book Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles™ (2nd Ed.) to use as an ongoing data collection and reference tool for family engagement.

The Outcomes

A deep review and explanation of The Five Simple Principles ™ Model. Measurement tools are provided to assess present level of performance with regard to the Five Principles. Baseline data will be collected throughout the year-long program.

Understand the concept of authentic family engagement and its relationship to achieving desired student outcomes.

Learn the systemic causes of family disengagement and applicable solutions to re-engage families.

Improved understanding of the role that culture plays in shaping the conditions conducive to authentic family engagement.

Review of the Five Simple Principles ™ tools designed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the present culture, communication protocols and relationships with all families.

Identify proven policies and practices to improve family engagement across educational settings

An understanding of how to create measurable goals and objectives to effectively track the progress of family engagement and its impact on student learning outcomes and experiences in school.

An opportunity for teams to implement learning and collect data between sessions in order to plan for authentic family engagement throughout the year.

What educators everywhere are saying...

maria ovalle-lopez, director of family engagment, klein isd

"Attending the Master Class was a true privilege. Applying the learning and receiving immediate feedback allows me to implement the strategies immediately in my work setting!"

Maria Ovalle-Lopez

Director of Family Engagement, Klein ISD (TX)

"Steve is a passionate, captivating, and motivating speaker. He offers practical and common-sense advice, based on his years of research and practice experience, about how to create and sustain effective family-school partnerships."

Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D.

Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"If anyone would like to add to their personal growth or their contribution to the community, I would highly recommend Dr. Constantino’s Master Classes and resources."

Nancy Gauthier

Family and Community Engagement Specialist, Aldine ISD (TX)

The Schedule

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Why Authentic Family Engagement Matters: Overview of the Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family, Setting the Stage for Success

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Taking Action and Measuring Success

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Principle #1: Creating a Culture to Engage Every Family

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Family Disengagement: Where does it start? Can it be reversed?

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Principle #2: Communicate Effectively and Develop Relationships

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Principle #3: Build Family Efficacy

Wednesday, April 19th 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Principle #4: Engage Every Family in Decision-Making

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 CST

Principle #5: Engage the Greater Community

June 2023 | Dates and times TBD

Closing Session – Summit

At the conclusion of this experience, a June 2023 virtual summit (date TBD) will be offered for all teams to share what they have learned and the planning they have done including any developed family engagement plans, enabling the cohort to learn from each other.

What's the cost?

$1,500

$695

Individual

1 Person

Set the stage for authentic family engagement

Action-research sessions

Stories from the field

Action-research case studies

Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family: 2nd Edition

Additional team members not available

$5,500

$3,300

Team

Team of 5

Set the stage for authentic family engagement

Action-research sessions

Stories from the field

Action-research case studies

Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family: 2nd Edition

$660 for each additional team member

$9,500

$6,255

Large Team

Team of 10

Set the stage for authentic family engagement

Action-research sessions

Stories from the field

Action-research case studies

Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family: 2nd Edition

$625 for each aadditional team member

If you are interested in this professional learning for multiple teams of five or a district-wide implementation, please send us a note.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Leadership Cohort?

    Join national expert Dr. Steve Constantino for a unique exploration into authentic family engagement practices through his Five Simple Principles ™ model and curriculum. Dr. Constantino has designed this Wisconsin Leadership Cohort to bring together teams, and individuals, who are interested in strategically developing, implementing, and measuring successful practices for creating authentic family engagement. This cohort will begin with an introduction to the 5 Simple Principles Model of Family Engagement and a review of strategic objectives for ongoing monthly sessions.

    Why do this as part of a cohort?

    The cohort model is designed to give Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Project/Program Directors, Building Level Leadership, Family Support Specialists, Site Administrators, District Office Administrators, and Family Engagement teams an affordable and convenient way to facilitate strategic conversations around authentic family engagement.
    Through discussions and activities participants will apply their learning, bring forward challenges, and brainstorm solutions using data collected between sessions which becomes the basis for future goals and objectives. Each group can register up to (5) members of their leadership teams or individuals may register on their own.

    What’s included in this program?

    The cohort experience includes (8) scheduled strategic 90-minute coaching sessions and a year-end virtual summit with Dr. Constantino for all teams to share what they have learned and the planning they have done, enabling the cohort to learn from him and from each other In addition, all participants will receive a copy of Dr. Constantino’s bestselling book Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles (2nd Ed.)

    Who should participate?

    This cohort is designed for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Project/Program Directors, Building Level Leadership, Family Support Specialists, Site Administrators, District Office Administrators, and Family Engagement teams.

    How will this help my team?

    The cohort experience provides a unique opportunity for teams to move away from one-time learning experiences and towards a continuous professional learning opportunity by implementing Dr. Constantino’s Five Simple Principles ™. Ongoing guidance and support will be provided throughout the year from Dr. Constantino and others who also have a passion for authentic family engagement. Teams will explore the tools and processes that can be used to collect information on present conditions and specific practices to enhance current efforts in family engagement.

    How can I participate?

    If you’re interested in joining an upcoming cohort experience, make sure to save your spot by following the button on this page. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about the program — plus, an invoice that you can use to reserve your district’s spot and submit payment. You’ll also receive a detailed follow-up email with information about your cohort, including session dates and times. Should you have questions any time throughout the process, you’ll receive the phone and email of our project coordinator to ensure a positive experience.

    Send us a note.