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Building Leaders: An Educator’s Guide to Family Leadership

Building Leaders: An Educator's Guide to Family Leadership


In this guide you will learn more about:

  • Strategies to apply the MAEC Family Leadership Model
  • Profiles of 12 family leadership programs with testimonial videos
  • Review of key concepts, terms, and elements

  • Develop family leadership programs that increase engagement and support for families using inclusive and diversity-focused strategies.

  • Learn how to update family leadership programs to consider students’ and families’ diverse knowledge and tools for success. A successful leadership program must identify and work with a family’s unique needs, experience, and knowledge to establish a strong relationship and trust.
  • Educators can use the MAEC Family Engagement Model to transform family leadership programs for inclusivity using intentionally collaborative approaches that focus on relationship building, knowledge and skills, confidence and efficacy, and advocacy. This resource offers detailed overviews of 12 family leadership models addressing the needs of diverse populations, testimonial insights from educators and family leaders, and resources for each area of the model.


This document was developed by Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE) at MAEC. It was written by Young-chan Han, M.A., President, Maryland English Language Learning Family Involvement Network (MELLFIN).

The contents of this document were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program. However, the contents of this guide do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Department of Education or federal government, generally.

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