Kendall Mattos Silverstein

Kendall Mattos Silverstein is the Director of the President's Office at Flamboyan Foundation. She serves as the President's scheduler and communications manager, and provides support to the President and her senior leadership team around board management and organization-wide initiatives touching on strategy, culture and equity.

Kendall joined Flamboyan Foundation in 2011, bringing six years of experience in executive support and project management for nonprofit executives. Prior to Flamboyan Foundation, Kendall provided executive support around business and client management to the Managing Director at the policy consulting firm Education Counsel. She provided a key support role in the firm’s management of the Education Funders Strategy Group, comprised of representatives from nations’ leading policy-focused education foundations.

Kendall began her professional career as the assistant to the president of AOL founder Steve Case’s family office. She eventually moved on to provide administrative and development support for two of the Case Foundation’s grantee organizations, Play Pumps International and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

A native of the South Shore of Massachusetts, Kendall studied at the College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University, and resides in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband.

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March 3, 2016 12:59 PM
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Celebrating A Home Visit Milestone

November 12, 2015 04:32 PM
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All kids are worthy. That’s what the teachers of Truesdell Education Campus in Washington, D.C. decided in the summer of 2015. Unwilling to deny one student a home visit, they set their sights on a goal of 100%. On November 5, 2015, Truesdell Education Campus met its mark: 100% of its student body received a home visit.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts College Summit Richmond Campus Tour 2015

Families Reflect on the College Summit Tour Experience: “I learned more about what my child is seeking in a college. We talked, while walking, about what he learned at VCU and at University of Richmond and he articulated clearly his thoughts and feelings about the strengths/weaknesses of each for him. That will be helpful as […]

Meet Anita Drever, Flamboyan Director of Evaluation and Learning

Anita Drever is the Director of Evaluation and Learning at Flamboyan Foundation. In this role she provides strategic leadership to Flamboyan’s research initiatives and directs the implementation of the Family Engagement Partnership program evaluation. Anita reflects on her role after several month’s on the job: “I’m excited to be at Flamboyan because I believe deeply […]

Flamboyan Announces Family Engagement in College Readiness Learning Partnership

April 6, 2015 03:32 PM
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The Flamboyan Foundation is delighted to announce new partnerships with Capital City Public Charter School, Phelps High School, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), SEED Foundation, and Thurgood Marshall Academy to engage families in students’ college readiness and success. Through the Family Engagement in College Readiness Learning Partnership, each organization will develop and pilot a family engagement […]

Flamboyan Foundation Awarded Grant to Support Family Engagement in Washington, DC

January 8, 2015 08:52 AM
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In the District of Columbia, the Flamboyan Foundation is influencing how schools and educators partner with families to improve academic outcomes for children through its Family Engagement Partnerships. To ensure continued expansion and innovation in effective family engagement, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Flamboyan a $406,000 grant to support Family Engagement Partnerships in a cohort […]

Flamboyan Foundation Announces Delegates to Parent Teacher Home Visit Project National Conference

October 22, 2014 12:48 PM
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The Flamboyan Foundation is excited to announce the selection of two teacher delegates and one D.C. parent to represent the District of Columbia’s home visit work at the 8th National Parent Teacher Home Visit Project Conference. Flamboyan is sponsoring the teachers and parent, who will co-lead a session for other home visiting parents, teachers, and […]

Flamboyan’s President featured in ACR

October 6, 2014 05:23 PM
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Flamboyan Foundation’s President and Board Chair, Kristin Ehrgood, was featured in the newsletter and website of The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR).  She talked about the effects of a 100 percent charitable deduction in Puerto Rico, the results of the study “A Look at Donors” released by Flamboyan recently, and how studying donor behavior could help […]

Nueva Guía disponible para OSFL

September 30, 2014 11:45 AM
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La Guía para organizaciones sin fines de lucro desarrollada por Fundación Flamnboyán es una herramienta interactiva que centraliza información para crear, manejar y mantener una OSFL a tono con las leyes y reglamentos que les aplican.  Esta guía se creó en colaboración con el Departamento de Estado y el Departamento de Hacienda para facilitar el […]

A first look at individual donors

August 19, 2014 09:36 AM
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  “A Look at Individual Donors:  Taxpayers’ giving patterns in Puerto Rico” presents a first-time analysis of the data on individual donor activity in Puerto Rico.   We invite you to read and share this publication, prepared by Flamboyan Foundation and Énfasis, with your colleagues.      

Una primera mirada a los donantes en Puerto Rico

July 14, 2014 11:31 AM
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  Con gran entusiasmo compartimos la publicación “Una mirada al donante: La actividad de los contribuyentes individuales en Puerto Rico”. Este informe preparado por Fundación Flamboyán y la firma Énfasis presenta por primera vez un análisis de datos en relación a la actividad y las características de los donantes individuales para el año contributivo 2011. […]

Join our Team as Chief Communications Officer

January 16, 2014 10:55 AM
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Position Summary Flamboyan Foundation seeks an enthusiastic, bilingual (English-Spanish), strategic, results-focused Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to assist our efforts to ensure that all children in Washington DC and Puerto Rico receive a world-class education. The CCO will join our growing, visionary team and will be responsible for developing strategic outcomes for, implementing, and evaluating the […]

December 15, 2017 08:10 AM
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Listen to more teachers from Puerto Rico.

September 27, 2017 08:10 AM
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September 27, 2017 08:10 AM
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Educators from Korea Learn How Family Engagement Impacts Students and Families in Washington, D.C.

September 18, 2017 04:08 PM
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Bancroft Elementary School recently welcomed a delegation of educators from Korea exploring family engagement practices taking place in Washington, D.C.

Starting the School Year With High Expectations

August 21, 2017 09:13 AM
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Welcome back to school! At Flamboyan, we believe it is important to start with the end in mind.

Teacher Lead Operations Training: 7/13

July 10, 2017 10:59 AM
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Most Families Say Ongoing Communication Supports Student Learning

July 6, 2017 09:34 AM
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It’s not a surprise that families say that ongoing, consistent communication with them is key to supporting student success.

Teacher Lead Operations Training: 6/28

An Open Letter to Special Education Teachers About the Transformational Power of Family Engagement

April 27, 2017 12:00 PM
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Special education students have unique needs and authentic parent-teacher partnerships ensure they have positive learning experiences.

Engaging Families of Children with Autism: Here’s How One Team Allows Parent Voice to Guide Them

April 12, 2017 12:43 PM
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Anne Beers Elementary School has been in the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) since 2012 and practices effective family engagement strategies that provide opportunities for families and teachers to partner so special education students have positive and effective learning experiences.

School Partnerships Coach and Former SpEd Teacher Offers Six Insights for Educators Engaging Families of Special Education Students

April 4, 2017 03:01 PM
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With a solid background in special education, this Autism Awareness Month John LaRue, School Partnerships Coach, explores six effective ways special education teachers can better engage families and support students to meet goals outlined in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

DC Bilingual Extends Opportunities for Families Through Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs)

March 23, 2017 05:35 PM
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This week, we’ll take a look at how our partner school DC Bilingual is innovating around one of the most well-known family engagement practices in schools: Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs).

PRIDE in SLCs: Behind the Scenes with Jefferson Academy in D.C.

March 16, 2017 11:18 AM
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With this photo essay, we go behind the scenes at Jefferson Academy to share the impact of Student-Led Conferences (SLCs).

Up Close: Supporting the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) Model

March 10, 2017 01:27 PM
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This week, we’ll begin to dive into the way our family engagement framework actually lives out in the work we do across the academic continuum, and specifically how we support the implementation of the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) meeting model in our Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) schools.

In the News: 2/27-3/3

March 3, 2017 11:17 AM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

Setting the Stage for Effective Family Engagement

March 2, 2017 02:49 PM
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Flamboyan defines effective family engagement as the partnership between educators and families that improves student outcomes.

In the News: 2/20-2/24

February 24, 2017 03:15 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 2/13-2/17

February 17, 2017 03:53 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 2/6-2/10

February 10, 2017 12:59 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

Aspiring Principals Learn from FEP School Leaders Who Validate the Importance of Family Engagement

February 7, 2017 04:06 PM
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Principals from three of our Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) schools led a panel discussion exploring the benefits and impact of implementing effective family engagement strategies in their school community and culture.

In the News: 1/30-2/3

February 3, 2017 03:01 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 1/23-1/27

January 27, 2017 01:22 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 1/9-1/13

January 13, 2017 04:26 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 1/2-1/6

January 6, 2017 04:04 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

Highlights of Flamboyan’s ‘BIG WINS’ in 2016

December 20, 2016 01:22 PM
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With a number of family engagement successes to date, here is a snapshot of the top ten achievements we are proud of from 2016.

In-Depth Family Interviews Shed Light on Effective Family Engagement

December 19, 2016 09:25 AM
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In this post, the Data and Evaluation team gives an overview of the findings and shares how authentic responses from families give us the foundation we need to ensure our family engagement practices efficiently benefit student learning and success.

In the News: 12/12-12/16

December 16, 2016 02:37 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In the News: 12/5-12/9

December 9, 2016 02:38 PM
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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

In-Depth Family Interviews Shed Light on Effective Family Engagement

December 5, 2016 12:00 PM
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In this two-part blog series, we invite you to go “Behind the Scenes” with the Flamboyan Data and Evaluation Team to learn about the process and surface-level findings of in-depth interviews with families that shed light on effective family engagement.

A Teacher Opens Up About the Power of Goal-Setting Parent Teacher Conferences

November 30, 2016 08:47 AM
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In this guest blog post, Rebecca Oppenheim, Special Education Teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary School, sheds light on the power of goal-setting Parent Teacher Conferences.

Families Play Age-Appropriate Roles as Students Navigate Elementary, Middle, and High School

November 23, 2016 09:35 AM
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As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, we thank schools, school leaders, and educators for their commitment to family engagement and for supporting families to play age-appropriate roles.

Denver Fellow Reflects on Second Convening and Power of Community Involvement

November 21, 2016 10:37 AM
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Landon Mascareñaz, a participant in the National Family Engagement Fellowship, recaps the Denver convening and shares how the Fellowship provides a learning experience for all participants to further the scope of family engagement work in their communities.

National Principals Month: FEP School Leader Talks Effective Family Engagement

October 24, 2016 11:01 AM
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During National Principals Month, Flamboyan Foundation is taking a moment to acknowledge some of the principals and school leaders who have partnered with us to lead the charge in family engagement.

National Principals Month: FEP School Leader Talks Effective Family Engagement

October 16, 2016 01:17 PM
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During National Principals Month, Flamboyan Foundation is taking a moment to acknowledge some of the principals and school leaders who have partnered with us to lead the charge in family engagement.

Collaborative Opportunities Inspire Family Engagement Fellows to Move Work Forward

September 26, 2016 09:12 AM
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After bringing together five states leading the charge in family engagement across the country, participants of Flamboyan Foundation’s inaugural National Family Engagement Fellowship look forward to having an opportunity to collaborate and come together in a space where they will thought-partner about lessons learned and high-impact strategies.

Twelve D.C. Schools Chosen for the Family Engagement Partnership

June 2, 2016 02:50 PM
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Flamboyan has selected 12 D.C. schools to new new Family Engagement Partners for SY16-17 from among 28 applicants. Flamboyan will work with these schools to build educators’ capacity to forge trust and work in partnership with families so that students do better.

Putting a Spin on Parent Teacher Conferences — Spotlight on KIPP DC: Grow Academy Teachers

March 15, 2016 03:19 PM
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A group of participants in our Charter Teacher Family Engagement PLC found an innovative way to engage families by putting a different spin on the typical Parent Teacher Conference.

Read Principal Hairston’s Standing Ovation Acceptance Speech

March 3, 2016 12:59 PM
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C.W. Harris Elementary School Principal, Heather Hairston, accepts the Excellence in Family Engagement Award on behalf of her school at the 2016 Standing Ovation Awards Ceremony.

Family Engagement Finds a Place in Existing School Structures

March 1, 2016 11:05 AM
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Kelly Miller Middle School has chosen to incorporate family engagement into their grade level meetings — a simple strategy that is having a big impact.

Improving Family Engagement

December 14, 2015 11:32 AM
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Flamboyan Congratulates Standing Ovation Winners

December 11, 2015 11:11 AM
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Flamboyan Foundation proudly congratulates the partner schools and educators that will be honored with Standing Ovation awards for their tireless contributions to quality education in D.C. Public Schools.

Flamboyan Releases New JHU Evaluation of Family Engagement Partnership

October 3, 2015 01:04 PM
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A new study links improvements in the performance of D.C. public elementary school students with Flamboyan Foundation’s Family Engagement Partnership, or FEP, where teachers and school leaders are trained and supported to build trusting relationships with the families of their students and to partner with families to support their children’s academic success.

Flamboyan Awarded SOAR Grant to Support Family Engagement Work

September 18, 2015 10:28 AM
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Flamboyan Foundation has been awarded a new grant to support its family engagement work in seven D.C. public charter schools.

Flamboyan Welcomes Samantha Cohen, National Director of Training and Support

July 27, 2015 04:01 PM
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Samantha Cohen is National Director of Training and Support at the Flamboyan Foundation.   In her role, Samantha coaches national organizations that are launching family engagement efforts and builds the Flamboyan strategy for national partnerships. Samantha is a passionate believer in the promise and potential of American education, and she brings 13 years of education experience […]

Flamboyan Welcomes Emily VanHouten, School Partnerships Coach

July 27, 2015 12:16 PM
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Emily VanHouten is a Director, School Partnerships Coach at Flamboyan Foundation. In her role, she serves as a coach to school leaders and teacher leaders in Flamboyan partner schools, and supports the development of family engagement practices and tools that partners use. During the 2014-15 school year, Emily served as the Assistant Principal for Excel […]

Flamboyan Welcomes Robert Crosby, New School Partnerships Coach

July 24, 2015 02:40 PM
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Robert Crosby is a Director, School Partnerships Coach at Flamboyan Foundation. In this role, he provides coaching and support to school and teacher leaders, as well as supports the development of family engagement practices and tools. This includes working to manage the implementation of Flamboyan’s teacher leadership professional development curriculum at the school level for […]

Family Engagement End-Of-Year Celebration 2015

July 24, 2015 11:14 AM
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Photo Gallery: Flamboyan Family Engagement End-Of-Year Celebration 2015 On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Flamboyan Foundation team hosted family engagement partners from schools across the district for an End of Year Family Engagement Celebration at the Pursuit Wine Bar in Northeast. Teachers, school leaders, parent and teacher trainers, DCPS central office staff, and nonprofit partners […]

Flamboyan Announces DC Charter Teachers Selected for Family Engagement Professional Learning Community 2015-16

June 24, 2015 10:11 AM
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Flamboyan Foundation is pleased to announce the DC Charter Teachers selected as participants in the School Year 2015-16 Family Engagement Professional Learning Community (PLC). This professional learning community gives teachers the opportunity to learn research-based family engagement best practices around (1) relationship building, including home visits; (2) academic partnering such as high quality parent-teacher conferences and […]

Flamboyan Is Hiring a Secondary Teacher Consultant in DC

June 9, 2015 09:11 AM
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Secondary Teacher Consultant Position Description Flamboyan Foundation seeks a teacher consultant to collaborate in the designing of Back to School Night and gradebook resources for middle school teachers. The ideal candidate is a DC middle or high school teacher, effectively engages their students’ families, is a strong planner with backwards mapping and curriculum design experience, and […]

Bancroft Summer Reading Toolkit

June 19, 2014 02:10 PM
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Check out this Summer Reading Toolkit from Bancroft Elementary School to equip parents with the information to help their students prevent summer learning loss!

Spotlight On: Preventing Summer Learning Loss

June 18, 2014 06:24 PM
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Mason* was a third grade special education student at Bancroft Elementary School who came into third grade two years below grade level in reading and with severe behavior issues. During third grade Mason made a remarkable two full grade levels of growth in reading with the help of his parents and his teacher, Gabby Hoehn-Saric. […]

Welcome, New Parent and Teacher Trainers!

June 18, 2014 06:24 PM
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Flamboyan Foundation is delighted to introduce our newest cohort of parent and teacher trainers. They have all experienced the benefits of family engagement work first-hand in our partner schools and share their experiences at our trainings with other educators across the District. Please help us by extending a warm welcome to: Allyson Wilson, parent, Mundo Verde Public Charter School […]

The Value of Her Voice – How teacher input improves our work

Despite hearing how well APTT was working for her colleagues in the older grades, early childhood teacher Krystal English found herself facing confused and frustrated parents as she shared the recommended math and literacy skills at her own meeting. “At that moment, I went to Diana [our Flamboyan school coach], and I told her we […]

How Teacher Input Improves Our Work

Flamboyan Foundation is pleased to announce that the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) Consultancy Group has developed revisions to the suggested learning domains and activities for APTT for early childhood teachers in Family Engagement Partner (FEP) schools. These new materials will be available this fall! The ECE APTT Consultancy Group consists […]

New Family Engagement Partner Schools for 2014-2015

April 29, 2014 04:07 PM
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Flamboyan Foundation is entering its fourth year of partnering with D.C. schools to build the capacity of educators to work with families to advance student achievement.  Flamboyan currently partners with 24 schools – of which 15 are DCPS and 9 are public charter schools, and 21 are elementary and pre-k – 8 and 3 are middle/high schools. […]

Failing Grades – Progress Report

This template is an effective way to connect with families on specific areas of work a student needs to improve.  

Positive Grades – Progress Report

This template is an effective way to celebrate a student’s accomplishment.  

Regan Kelly, Director of Leadership Development

April 22, 2014 02:51 PM
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Regan Kelly is the Director of Leadership Development at Flamboyan. In her role she designs and manages the training and support school leaders in our Family Engagement Partnership receive. She also works closely with other partners to design and execute pre-service and in-service training for aspiring or resident principals. Regan began her career as a 2nd […]

Join our Team as Data Manager

April 3, 2014 01:40 PM
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Position Summary  Flamboyan Foundation seeks a Data Manager who will lead our work developing and improving systems to analyze how we and our school partners make progress towards our goals. Specifically, the Data Manager will oversee the collection and synthesis of program implementation and impact data and the further development of our online platform. This […]

Resultados y Recomendaciones de una Comunidad Profesional de Maestros

April 2, 2014 03:46 PM
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Es con mucho entusiasmo que compartimos la publicación: Resultados de una Comunidad Profesional de Aprendizaje sobre Planificación.  Este documento resume los hallazgos principales que surgieron de la Comunidad Profesional que llevamos a cabo el año pasado con 15 maestros de escuelas públicas de distintos pueblos, niveles y asignaturas.  Oprima aquí para acceder al documento. Esta […]

Join our Team as School Partnerships Coach

January 28, 2014 03:41 PM
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Position Summary Flamboyan Foundation seeks a collaborative, outcomes-oriented School Partnerships Coach who will lead a significant portion of our family engagement work with public and public charter schools in Washington, D.C.  Specifically, the School Partnerships coach will manage a portfolio of 6-10 Family Engagement Partner schools, as well as support the development of family engagement […]

Students from University of Richmond visit Flamboyan and learn more about top education issues in Puerto Rico

January 14, 2014 12:24 PM
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The staff in Puerto Rico received a group of 15 sophomore students (second year) of the University of Richmond, Virginia to have a conversation about how public education in Puerto Rico compares to public education on the mainland.  Their visit was part of a course taught by professor Amy Howard, Ph.D., named Urban Americas that […]

One of our studies featured in the press

December 20, 2013 11:36 AM
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Flamboyan is excited to announce that our study “Características que comparte un grupo de escuelas exitosas en Puerto Rico“ was featured yesterday in the newspaper “Primera Hora”.   Click here to read the full article.   Download the study here.

Te invitamos a formar parte de la Iniciativa Altas Expectativas en Acción

December 13, 2013 11:01 AM
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Duke Ellington School of the Arts College Tours

November 27, 2013 09:46 AM
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On October 26, 2013 over ninety students, family members, faculty, and alumni from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts participated in the College Summit Family College Tour to Philadelphia.  The tour, supported by Flamboyan, was the first in a series of events designed to engage families in the college preparation process. Duke Ellington’s College […]

Meet Zakiya Reid, Director of School Partnerships

November 25, 2013 04:54 PM
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  Zakiya Reid is the Director of School Partnerships at Flamboyan Foundation. In this role she collaborates with the family engagement team to provide high-quality professional development, coaching and technical assistance to school-based personnel, while managing strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations to improve family engagement. The goal of her work is to transform the way […]

Meet Emily Schulman, Program Assistant

November 25, 2013 04:43 PM
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Emily Schulman is the Program Assistant at the Flamboyan Foundation. She provides administrative and coordination support to school partnerships and manages training and event logistics. Prior to this role, Emily worked through AmeriCorps as the Community Outreach Coordinator at DC SCORES, a nonprofit that provides after school programming for low-income youth in 42 D.C. public […]

D.C. Public Education Fund congratulates Flamboyan Foundation partner schools

August 22, 2013 12:31 PM
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The D.C. Public Education Fund congratulated Flamboyan Foundation partner schools, in its recent newsletter, for their impressive gains on the 2013 D.C. standardized tests. They pointed in particular to two partner schools with double digit gains in math and reading proficiency. Read more here in the D.C. Public Education Fund newsletter.

Our New Family Engagement Trainers Will Inspire You

Flamboyan Foundation relationship building trainings are always met with resounding appreciation from partner schools and other teachers & school leaders with whom we work. What is our special secret? We have renowned experts front and center who deliver the trainings – teachers with experience in relationship building and parents who have benefited from it. Recently we held […]

A Conversation with Meghan Dunne, Kindergarten Teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School

May 8, 2013 02:40 PM
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What do you think are the most important and effective family engagement strategies you use?  I believe the most important family engagement strategy I use is my homework structure. I have a homework binder for each student that serves many different purposes. The cover of the binder provides key student data, goals for the unit […]

Two Great Tools for Middle & High School Readers

By middle and high school students often don’t get the support they did then they were younger. Once children can read well they may be left to their own devices because they appear to manage fine on their own. However, teachers are still eager for older students to get support at home with reading. With […]

¡Cierra la Primera Comunidad Profesional de Aprendizaje!

February 15, 2013 12:52 PM
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La Fundación Flamboyán quiso establecer una comunidad profesional de aprendizaje para compartir y comprender mejor los principios que guían la práctica de los maestros efectivos. Esta iniciativa es un primer paso hacia una meta más amplia de comenzar a identificar, celebrar y reconocer la enseñanza exitosa y el talento profesional del magisterio en Puerto Rico. […]

DCPS Veteran Teacher Dwight Davis Highlights Importance of Home Visits in HuffPost Interview

June 12, 2012 03:13 PM
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In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week in May, Teach Plus interviewed six inspiring teachers. In the Teachers’ Lounge today, meet Dwight Davis, who has been teaching in the Washington, D.C. public schools for seven years. Dwight currently teaches fifth grade at Wheatley Education Campus, and is a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow. What is one thing […]

Attention Nonprofits in Puerto Rico! New Tax Incentives for Charitable Contributions

April 12, 2012 10:20 PM
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On January 31, 2011, Puerto Rico adopted a new Internal Revenue Code (2011 PR Tax Code) that contains amendments to the section governing deductions for charitable contributions.   Effective immediately for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2011, the 2011 PR Tax Code increases the allowed deduction to individuals and corporations for donations made […]

Flamboyan-P.R. Executive Director Guiomar Garcia a Featured Panelist at National Urban Fellows Leadership Conference in San Juan

January 27, 2012 04:40 PM
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Flamboyan Executive Director-P.R., Guiomar Garcia, will be a featured panelist at the National Urban Fellows Leadership Conference Saturday at the San Juan Marriott Stellaris Resort & Casino. This year’s conference theme is “Leadership Diversity in Public Service: A National Imperative”. Funding Solutions in Diverse Communities will take place from 3:00-4:30 pm. The panel will be […]

Flamboyan President Kristin Ehrgood Profiled in Bucknell’s Alumni Magazine

January 25, 2012 08:11 PM
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Today, Kristin Ehrgood is the driving force behind Flamboyan Foundation’s goals, which center on education advocacy and family engagement in Washington, D.C., and on fostering strong school leadership and building the island’s philanthropic and nonprofit communities in Puerto Rico. Though new and small — just 10 employees — Flamboyan has helped train 450 D.C. teachers on […]

Flamboyan’s Capitol Hill Panel on Family Engagement Featured in Ed Daily

December 5, 2011 09:03 PM
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DCPS builds teacher-parent relationships with home visits Although some parents were at first wary at the thought of school officials coming into their homes, the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Flamboyan Foundation worked with the community to get both teachers and families comfortable with the idea of home visits. Besides decreasing absenteeism and […]

Flamboyan Foundation Founders’ Unique Approach Highlighted in Venture Philanthropy Partners’ Newsletter

November 14, 2011 07:19 PM
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Kristin Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitine: A unique couple with an original approach to philanthropy. Read more here.

Flamboyan Foundation Honored As Promising New National Partner at the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project’s Fifth Annual Conference: Foundation President, DCPS Teacher and Parent Highlight the Importance of Building Trusting Relationships to Accelerating Student Learning

October 28, 2011 04:49 PM
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Washington, D.C. –Today, Flamboyan Foundation is being showcased at the Parent‐Teacher Home Visit Project’s (PTHVP) fifth annual national conference for their leadership in bringing the PTHVP relationship‐building model of home visits to Washington, D.C. public schools. PTHVP is honoring Flamboyan’s commitment to identifying family engagement strategies that work in D.C., and the foundation’s role in […]

D.C. Teacher Home Visiting Program Recognized on the Front Page of The Washington Post

October 21, 2011 04:46 PM
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Recently, home visits were featured on the front page of The Washington Post. Reporter Kevin Sieff highlighted the hard work of D.C.-area teachers who are visiting their students’ homes to build trusting relationships and engage their families as partners in their students’ education in his piece: “Teachers increasingly use home visits to connect with students’ […]

Flamboyan Foundation Convenes Home Visit Trainings for D.C. Teachers as Part of Ongoing Family Engagement Efforts

August 17, 2011 09:32 PM
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As part of its ongoing partnership with D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and D.C. Charter Schools, Flamboyan Foundation today announced its home visit teacher training program for the 2011-2012 school year.  Flamboyan is holding eight professional development training sessions Aug. 11-18, which are expected to teach 300 D.C. educators about building trusting relationships and accelerating their […]

Flamboyan Foundation’s Helen Westmoreland Named “Emerging Leader in Family Engagement”

June 15, 2011 11:34 PM
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We are thrilled to announce that the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) has honored Director of Program Quality Helen Westmoreland as one of its “Emerging Leaders in Family Engagement,” and published her work in the May 2011 issue of the HFRP FINE newsletter. In this article, Helen lays out her vision for the family engagement field and looks […]