Listen, Learn, Lead: Reflections from School Leaders

On October 29, we convened system leaders from across the country to learn how they are listening to and engaging families, students, and educators throughout this challenging school year. These leaders come from our national network of REAL Family Engagement practitioners, and represent a variety of learning environments in Texas, Utah, Tennessee, and Washington, DC.

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Listen, Learn, Lead: Reflections from School Leaders

In Part I of our “Listen, Learn, Lead” series, you heard community reflections during COVID-19 rooted in family voice and needs, particularly those most impacted by inequity. In Part II, you heard from another important audience that knows students and families best – educators. 

No matter where you live, school looks different this year. Whether your district is in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, we are all in the midst of an unprecedented school year, with little certainty about what the rest of this year or next year will look like. As we navigate this time together, it is more important than ever for school systems to engage in ongoing listening to the most important members of their community, particularly those impacted by inequity.

We encourage you to download and share these resources to support strong academic partnerships between educators and families this school year:

If you missed Part I, Part II, or Part III of our webinar series, or if you want to watch them again, you can access the recordings online anytime:

Though this school year looks different for everyone, we hope you will continue this conversation with us to ensure that all schools are listening to those who matter most – students, families, and educators, particularly those most impacted by inequity. You can engage with us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as through our Shifting Perspectives news column where we are elevating voices from the field.