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Effective communication allows us to foster growth, strengthen bonds, and cultivate thriving relationships. But what can we do when conflict inhibits communication? In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the cycle of conflict and how to manage everyday conflict
  • Practice resolving conflict by using strategies from the Harvard Negotiation Project and LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner)
  • Learn about how families and school administrators utilize communication to improve relationships and services to students and families, through CIU20’s Parent TEAM

📅 Monday, June 12th at 1:00 pm (ET)



On June 22 at 2 pm (ET), join MAEC for the second session of Are ALL the Children Well? 2.0: “Aging Out of Foster Care: How do we mitigate the risk of homelessness for students transitioning out of foster care?”

Participants will:
📚 Gain knowledge of the foster care system and Independent Living Program
🔍 Identify policies, practices, and support systems for students transitioning out of foster care
💡 Identify effective policies and practices for impactful strategies

Who Are We?

Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE)

Md PaCAFE is MAEC's Statewide Family Engagement Center for the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. We help build sustainable infrastructure to support healthy family, student, and community engagement. CAFE serves all educators – from state agencies to school districts to school staff and early care providers – and families by developing resources, co-designing learning opportunities, and fostering dialogue designed to help families connect with local schools and support their children’s development and learning.


CAFE implements a co-constructed approach, working alongside our clients, to ensure the effectiveness of our work. Below are examples of the services we offer:

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State Education Agencies

- Develop and implement a seamless birth to 21 family engagement framework.
- Establish an advisory committee in each state.

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LEAs, Local school systems, Learning communities, Community-based organizations, Educators

- Create partnerships with families, schools, and communities.
- Facilitate parent academies.
- Convene communities of practice.

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- Provide opportunities for leadership development.
- Support for literacy skills development.
- Create resources to promote school readiness and academic achievement.

Featured Projects

Queen Anne's County: Strengthening Community through Family and Student Growth

MAEC and the National Center for Family Learning (NCFL) partner with a school to implement two-generational literacy programs for low-income families, predominantly immigrants and English learners, in Queen Anne's County, MD. This program expands parents' role in their children's education, connects families with free WiFi, and supports positive community relationships.

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Facilitating Family/Educator Partnerships

MAEC and Academic Parent Teacher Teams facilitate strong relationships between families and teachers in Indiana County, PA. Through team and individual meetings, teachers and parents practice activities to improve their students' continuum of learning from school to home, leading to student success in key concepts.

Family engagement needs to be more than a series of random acts. It requires a systemic, integrated, and comprehensive approach to working with families in support of children’s learning.

Susan Shaffer,
President, MAEC

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