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Friday, April 8 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Building Bridges: Parent Advocacy and Empowerment

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Although many schools have traditionally focused on strategies for improving parent engagement as a means to increase student achievement, many schools and organizations are currently shifting the conversation from parent engagement to parent empowerment. Rather than simply increasing opportunities for parents to learn about the school, they are leveraging parents to make active choices to transform communities and schools. This panel will explore the theory of action that underlies these efforts and examine the successes and challenges that organizations have faced in developing parent advocates.

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Richard Gray

Director, Community Organizing & Engagement, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Richard Gray directs the Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, which provides strategic support on education organizing to community organizations and builds alliances between CBOs, unions and research/policy institutes... Read More →

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Gwen Eaddy-Samuel

Founder, Connecticut Parents Union
Gwendolyn Samuel is a mom of children that attend Connecticut Public Schools. In February of 2016, she launched Equity Impact Strategies (EIS) Consulting. a place where community building and public policy intersect. In addition, she is an equity in education advocate and facilitator... Read More →
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Shirley Ford

Co- Founder Director Of strategic Partnerships, Parent Revolution 3.0
Shirley is an original member or our first small staff and has the distinction of being one of the Los Angeles Parents Union’s founders along with former staff member Mary Najera and current Parent Revolution board member Karen Robinson. Shirley is a dedicated, outspoken leader... Read More →
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Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari

Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Zakiyah Ansari is the Advocacy Director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational equity for the last decade. Zakiyah was one of the few parent advocates appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s... Read More →
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LaVar Young

NJ Director, NJ Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
LaVar serves as the Newark City Director for the Black Alliance for Education Options (BAEO) where he fights for quality educational options for NJ families. Prior to his current role LaVar served as President and CEO of Newark Now. In his capacity as President, LaVar was responsible... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT