Family Engagement Expert Dr. Karen Mapp and Scholastic Expand Collaboration with Launch of Workshop Series

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“Dr. Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series” from Scholastic Education Provides Educators with Tools and Training to Foster Student Success through Family Partnerships


NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 11, 2015) –Dr. Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education
and renowned expert in family and community engagement, continues to collaborate with Scholastic Education to increase access to the research, strategies and tools needed to implement successful home-to-school partnership initiatives in districts across the country. Scholastic Education first partnered with Dr. Karen Mapp in 2014 to support children’s literacy skills at home through the creation of the Scholastic Literacy Events program which increases access to books and education materials for families. Today, Scholastic has announced Dr. Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series, a hands-on, intensive professional learning opportunity for educators: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/face-new/face-workshop.html

Dr. Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series is rooted in the research and best practices of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships developed by the US Department of Education. Under the umbrella of Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Dr. Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series consists of three interactive, full-day workshops that equip district staff and school teams with the tools and strategies needed to enhance student performance and enable systemic school advancement through family partnerships.

  • Workshop 1: Redesigning Family Engagement provides foundational training which underscores the link between family engagement and student achievement while also covering the building blocks for elevating family engagement in schools.
  • Workshop 2: Designing Family Engagement Activities deepens participants’ understanding of the Dual Capacity Framework and provides expert-guided, interactive exercises.
  • Workshop 3: Engaging Families in Learning Throughout the School Year helps participants connect family engagement to student learning goals as they plan for the coming year.

“To support today’s students, school districts must make family engagement a priority and high-quality professional opportunities are crucial to ensuring these programs are implemented successfully,” said Dr. Karen Mapp. “The ‘Family Engagement Workshop Series’ provides educators with the training they need to become ongoing partners with families, allowing them to foster student success together.”

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Karen Mapp has been devoted to cultivating partnerships among schools, families and communities for enhancing student achievement and school performance. The building blocks of both the Family Engagement Workshop Series and the Scholastic Literacy Events program are centered on Dr. Mapp’s “3 Prerequisites” for successful family-school partnership. Learn more about these foundational principles on edu@scholastic: http://edublog.scholastic.com/post/three-prerequisites-effective-family-engagement

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“With the leadership of Dr. Karen Mapp, Scholastic has created a workshop series to bring the power of family engagement to scale across the country, ensuring educators have the resources and training they need to strengthen home-to-school relationships,” said Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education. “It’s through longstanding partnerships with experts like Dr. Mapp that Scholastic is able to provide leading professional learning resources to educators which cultivate generations of lifelong learners and ‘Open a World of Possible’ for our students.”

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