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Pandemic, Protests, and Public Schools – Webinars

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have made the last year a profoundly remarkable moment in US history. Through a variety of webinar formats and topics, MAEC is exploring how folks are navigating these unprecedented times. We invite you to join us in conversations, presentations, panel discussions, and Q&As. We will hear from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members as they share their stories – our stories. Together, we hope to offer a broadened perspective, useful information, and wisdom for school leaders and educators to apply moving forward.
 
Topics and Mini-series:
 
- Civil Rights in Schools
- Conversations with...
- Culturally Responsive Education in Schools
- Family Engagement Reframing Institutes
- Family Table
- Family Room

Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Centering the Needs of Transgender and Non-binary Students at School

Date of the event: June 29, 2021

Guests: Marianna Stepniak, Michelle Nutter, Preston Heldibridle, Shiwali Patel, Ash, Clarie, Esmée, La' Tavia, Nic, Noah, Noe'aah, and Reed

Description - As anti-trans laws clash with Pride month, trans and non-binary students need advocates at school now more than ever. Following a brief introduction of gender identity terminology, and an overview of the recent Title IX regulations, this webinar focused on a discussion with our trans and non-binary youth panelists on what educators and administrators can […]

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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: A Conversation with Author Hena Khan

Date of the event: May 11, 2021

Guests: Young-chan Han, Hena Khan, and Marianna Stepniak

Description - Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with children’s book author Hena Khan, author of Amina’s Voice and It’s Ramadan, Curious George! This conversation, hosted by MAEC’s Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE),  included an interview with Ms. Khan, an interactive activity with the audience, and Q&A with the author.

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From Voices to Action: A Conversation with AAPI Families

Date of the event: April 28, 2021

Guests: Kevin Chhin, Stacy Huh, Dr. Ming Li, Dr. Hyeshin Park, Min Woo, Susan Shaffer, Young-chan Han, Marianna Stepniak, and Dannele Ferreras

Description - MAEC’s second webinar in the AAPI series brought together AAPI families to speak about their experiences navigating racism and bias during COVID-19. Interested in viewing the first AAPI webinar? Click here for more information.

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Title IX: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Date of the event: February 10, 2021

Guests: Bill Howe, Phyllis Lerner, Shiwali Patel, and Marianna Stepniak

Description - MAEC speaks with Title IX experts on the history and future of Title IX, the new regulations and their impact on responses to sexual harassment, and the nuances of navigating cultural differences under Title IX. This webinar is for PreK-12 Title IX Coordinators, administrators, and educators.

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Equitable Family Engagement, Part 3: Parent Advocacy for Equitable Policy and Practice

Date of the event: October 21, 2020

Guests: Sam Macer, Mariela Puentes, Zully Rodriguez, Bianca Scott, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In our final session in the Equitable Family Engagement Series, we held a panel discussion with parent leaders in which they discussed their advocacy work. Panelists: Bianca Scott, NAFSCE Board Member, NAFSCE PFLC Chair Zully Rodriguez, Community Activist, Parent Facilitator, and PFLC Member Sam Macer, 30-year child welfare and foster parent advocate and PTA champion.

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Equitable Family Engagement, Part 2: Engaging Immigrant Families

Date of the event: October 07, 2020

Guests: Laura Gardner, Angela Matian, Kathy Ratliffe, Sherri Wilson

Description - Katherine Ratliffe and Angela Matian from Hawaii’s Statewide Family Engagement Center, shared their work engaging Micronesian families and their online family engagement learning modules. Then Laura Gardner, Founder of Immigrant Connections, presented effective strategies to engage immigrant families developed during her 20 years in education, refugee resettlement, and social work.

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Equitable Family Engagement, Part 1: Using an Equity Lens to Enact Systemic Change

Date of the event: September 30, 2020

Guests: Daman Harris, Michelle Nutter, Karment Rouland, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In our first session, Michelle Nutter, Senior Equity Consultant, Center for Education Equity @ MAEC, discussed her use of an “equity audit” to conduct a systemic equity and policy review to identify areas for change. Then Daman Harris, Principal at Wheaton Woods ES, shared his story of being unwilling to let this past summer of […]

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Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement, Part 3

Date of the event: July 22, 2020

Guests: Luke Braughler, Kristin Carothers, Amanda Ensor, Angela McMasters, Dana Milakovic, Karmen Rouland, Seth Shaffer, Kate Wasserman, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In this webinar, the Collaborative Action for Family Engagement Center, the Statewide Family Engagement Center for Maryland and Pennsylvania, highlighted the work regarding trauma-informed family engagement practices in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Panelists representing community-based organizations, school districts, and state education agencies discussed how their respective systems are working to address trauma and to increase teacher […]

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Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement, Part 2

Date of the event: July 01, 2020

Guests: Rebecca Honig, Elisabetta Giomo-James, Dana Livermont, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In our second webinar, we focused on how two organizations are putting the research on trauma-informed care into practice. First, the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center shared information and takeaways from their trauma training module for educators and providers. Then, Ready4K, an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages, shared their tips for […]

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Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement: Part I

Date of the event: June 24, 2020

Guests: Angie Barfield, Rodney K. Lowery, Ardie Padilla, Amy Parks, Ashley C. Rojas, and Sherri Wilson,

Description - This webinar highlighted what ACEs are on a personal and community level, the importance of understanding the impacts of ACEs and the science behind adversity. Experts and activists from Fresno, CA’s Trauma and Resilience Network shared how their work focuses on engaging and supporting children and families in building resilience and beginning to heal the […]

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Family Engagement Reframing Institute: Session #3

Date of the event: December 16, 2020

Guests: Marisa Gerstein Pineau, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In this webinar we discussed the recommendation of framing strategies and how to put them together. Through this interactive training institute viewers learned  new strategies to gain support for their family engagement programs and policies, and ultimately shift the conversation from family and community engagement being “nice to have” to being a “must have.”

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Family Engagement Reframing Institute: Session #2

Date of the event: December 09, 2020

Guests: Marisa Gerstein Pineau, and Sherri Wilson

Description - In this webinar we discussed the use of space launch to explain how engagement happens and the use of concrete examples and clear explanations to define equity. Through this interactive training institute viewers learned new strategies to gain support for their family engagement programs and policies, and ultimately shift the conversation from family and community […]

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Family Engagement Reframing Institute: Session #1

Date of the event: December 01, 2020

Guests: Karmen Rouland, Barb Scherr, Sherri Wilson, Shaun Adamec, and Marissa Gerstein Pineau

Description - In this webinar we discuss  the research that is relevant to family engagement. We also talk about the concept of framing, how it works and what to avoid when using it. Through this interactive training institute viewers will learn new strategies to gain support for their family engagement programs and policies, and ultimately shift the […]

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Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Support Native American Students

Date of the event: September 29, 2020

Guests: Mandy Smoker Broaddus, Bernadette Anderson, and Loverty Erickson

Description - How can educators and administrators affirm and support Native American students in schools? In this interactive webinar, presenters discussed strategies for implementing culturally responsive policies and practices to affirm and support Native American students. This webinar also discussed teaching and climate-building strategies.

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Reaching and Teaching English Learners, Newcomer Students, and English Learners with Disabilities during the Pandemic

Date of the event: September 15, 2020

Guests: Charo Basterra, BethAnn Berliner, Gallia Kassiano, and Silvia de Ruvo and Lisa Tabaku

Description - The COVID-19 pandemic has upended schooling as we know it. As schools reopen, whether virtually, in-person, or as a hybrid approach, educators are facing new challenges. Among them are providing critical services, especially for English Learners and students with disabilities. Families that are not proficient in English also face language barriers that may impede their […]

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Return to School: Culturally Responsive Practices in Times of Adversity

Date of the event: August 26, 2020

Guests: Karmen Rouland, Vanessa Coleman, Kathleen Guarino, Alicia Espinoza, Dr. Stacey Cole, Doug Fireside, and Gwendolyn Unoko

Description - In this webinar, district and school leaders were brought together to share the latest practice and research on trauma informed practices for supporting student well-being during times of adversity. During this extended COVID response time, and with some students returning to school buildings and others remaining offcampus, this webinar featured practitioners and content experts sharing […]

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Family Voices in School Reopenings

Date of the event: August 06, 2020

Guests: Bianca Scott, Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Bianca Scott, UPLAN Parent Leader. United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) is a national network of families who come together to inform educational policies and programs across the United States. Bianca discussed her advocacy journey, work with UPLAN, and her transition from working with a school district in […]

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COVID-19, Racism and Xenophobia: A Discussion on How and Why the Pandemic is Affecting Asian Americans

Date of the event: July 07, 2020

Guests: Jason Oliver Chang, Michelle Nutter, Fred Pinguel, Noreen Rodriguez, and Yan Yii

Description - The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately harming all people of color in the United States. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, one way this harm has manifested is in a rise in hate incidents. These incidents are fueled by both a long history of anti-Asian xenophobia and racism, and stigmatizing references to COVID-19 as a “Chinese […]

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Black Lives Matter at School: A Discussion with Educators on the Intersections of Activism and Pedagogy

Date of the event: June 30, 2020

Guests: Tamara Anderson, Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Ismael Jimenez, Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D., Charlie McGeehan, Erika Strauss Chavarria, and Matthew Vaughn-Smith

Description - The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, George Floyd, and countless others have left communities across the globe outraged and in mourning. Their deaths have led to massive, global, Black Lives Matter demonstrations condemning the use of police violence against Black people. As many of us have been captivated by the […]

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A Conversation With Latinx Families/Conversaciones con Familias Latinas

Date of the event: May 19, 2020

Guests: Gina Argotti, Maria Lopez, Islas Mendoza, Jeny Morayma Oliva, Maria del Carmen Romero, Norma Vasquez, and Johanny Euseblo de Almonte

Description - The COVID-19 crisis has forced students, parents, teachers and school administrators to think about education in a different manner. As a follow up to our webinar series that featured student and teacher voices, we hear from the Latinx community disproportionately impacted by this crisis. Latinx parents discuss how the global pandemic has affected their students’ […]

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A Conversation With Teachers

Date of the event: May 05, 2020

Guests: Kyair Butts, Julie Duffee, Jade Johnson, Kathie Johnson, Heather Polonsky, Devon Robbins, and Amber Williams

Description - The COVID-19 crisis has forced teachers to implement distance learning plans overnight. As a follow up to our Conversation with Students that featured voices nationwide from Portland (ME and OR) to Los Angeles, we  heard from practitioners about how the global pandemic has impacted their practice. We learned: what resources are available for all students, how teachers are […]

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Family Leadership and Advocacy in School Reopening Decisions

Date of the event: July 30, 2020

Guests: Maya Martin Cadogan, Nicole Johnson-Douglas, Dr. Karmen Rouland, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we were  joined by Maya Martin Cadogan, Founder and Executive Director of DC PAVE, and PAVE Parent, Nicole Johnson-Douglas. DC PAVE is an organization dedicated to involving children and families in crafting a vision for education in DC. Our guests discussed how families can partner with leaders in creating school reopening plans […]

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How Are We Going to Reopen Schools?

Date of the event: July 23, 2020

Guests: Steven Hicks, Pam Smith, Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Steven Hicks, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Development and Pam Smith, Acting Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our guests discussed their plans for the physical safety and well-being of students, teachers, staff, and families. They […]

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A Conversation With Students: How COVID-19 is Affecting their Educational Experience

Date of the event: April 14, 2020

Guests: 9 Students from all over the US

Description - A national education conversation has gotten underway on the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and how schools and districts are responding to this crisis. In this conversation we hear from the students themselves. Whereas educators from across the nation are focusing their efforts on providing an alternative learning experience to students via distance and […]

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STEM: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Date of the event: July 16, 2020

Guests: Dr. Chris Williams, Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar Dr. Chris Williams from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, helped us reflect on how history and STEM practices and principles can be integrated every day. This webinar also featured the Question Corner with child psychologist, Dr. Seth Shaffer*, and education expert, Mariela Puentes.

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Full Steam Ahead to Summer!

Date of the event: July 09, 2020

Guests: Alecia Gabriel, Dr. Seth Shaffer and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we welcomed  Alecia Gabriel from Motor City S.T.E.A.M., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art, Mathematics)-related educational programs and opportunities for minority and underprivileged students. Alecia Gabriel shared ways that families can have fun with science and math this summer by using everyday objects and materials. This webinar […]

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Healing through Art

Date of the event: June 25, 2020

Guests: Aselin Flowers,Dr. Kristin Carothers, and Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Aselin Flowers from ArtReach at George Washington University, an organization that aspires to be a cornerstone for community engagement through visual art-based work. We tapped into our creative side through a live demonstration of mixed-media journaling facilitated by Aselin Flores. Also, in the Question Corner, child psychologists Dr. […]

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Play is Powerful: Playing with Everyday Materials

Date of the event: June 18, 2020

Guests: Patty Stine, Dr. Seth Shaffer, Dr. Karmen Rouland, and Mariela Puentes

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Patty Stine from Pure Play Every Day, a nonprofit organization that helps families cultivate unstructured, undirected free play as a way to develop problem-solving and emotional regulation skills. We accessed our inner children through a free play demo with instructive commentary from Patty Stine. Participants came away from […]

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Continuing the Conversation: Talking about Race and Social Justice with Children

Date of the event: June 11, 2020

Guests: Christine Platt, Dr. Kristin Carothers and Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - In this webinar we were joined by Christine Platt, literacy advocate and passionate activist for social justice and policy reform. Ms. Platt read and discussed her children’s book, Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr. In the Question Corner, child psychologists Dr. Kristin Carothers and Dr. Seth Shaffer discussed age appropriate conversations to have with your children […]

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How Do We Talk to Kids About Race and Racism?

Date of the event: June 04, 2020

Guests: Dr. Carla Easter, Dr. Seth Shaffer, Dr. Karmen Rouland and Mariela Puentes

Description - The alarming events over the past weeks have raised a critical question for parents: how do we talk to kids about race and racism? This week on the Family Room we unpack this complex issue so you can help your child process what is going on. We were joined again by NIH’s Dr. Carla Easter, […]

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Learning Labs

Date of the event: May 28, 2020

Guests: Ann Caspari (NASM), Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar featured Ann Caspari from the National Air and Space Museum who brought to life the museum’s Flights of Fancy and demonstrated how their Learning Labs can be recreated at home. The webinar continued with the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes.

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Exploring Your Genes

Date of the event: May 21, 2020

Guests: Carla Easter, Dr. Seth Shaffer and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar featured Carla Easter on Exploring Your Genes and discussed how to explore the human genome with your family members. The webinar continued with the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes.

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Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Date of the event: May 14, 2020

Guests: MJ, Dr. Seth Shaffer, and Mariela Puentes

Description - This webinar features segments by MJ from Little Friends for Peace, and the Question Corner with child psychologist Dr. Seth Shaffer and education expert Mariela Puentes. We discussed ways to build peace in your family, how to be kind to one another, and ways to solve problems without fighting.

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Parenting Resiliency During COVID-19

Date of the event: May 07, 2020

Guests: Dr. Seth Shaffer

Description - Dr. Seth Shaffer, a child psychologist, joined us to address the concerns that parents and families are feeling during these unprecedented, COVID-19 times.

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