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Lessons from the Field: Family & Community Engagement and Returning to In-Person Instruction


The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) presents, Family & Community Engagement and Returning to In-Person Instruction.

This informative webinar features practitioners with notable success in effective strategies for engaging families and communities while re-opening schools following the pandemic. Following a brief overview of the latest information from the U.S. Department of Education related to family engagement, practitioners share promising practices and effective strategies for meaningful family and community engagement.

This webinar series supports educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, other places of educational instruction, describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event references the following resources, which we encourage you to download in advance of the webinar to inform participation:

For your reference, slides for this presentation will be posted on the event webpage on the day of the event.

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  • Christian Rhodes: Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jessica Cardichon: Deputy Assistant Secretary for K-12, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
  • Representatives from Local Education Agencies

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