One of the largest national conferences highlighting innovation and high-impact family and community engagement strategies to improve outcomes for children cradle to career.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 12, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ —

When: June 1-4, 2021 starting at 9 a.m. ET. Click here to view specific timing for events.

Where: It’s a virtual event.

Who: Over 50 organizations representing state leaders, teachers, principals and other educators, school district leaders, administrators, parent leaders, community-based organizations, policy makers, researchers, and funders. Confirmed plenary keynote speakers include:

• Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director & New York City Director, Alliance for Quality Education
• Congressman Jamaal Bowman, New York’s 16th Congressional District
• Dr. Khalilah M. Harris, Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy, the Center for American Progress
• Dr. Karen Mapp, IEL Board Chair, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
• Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of the Rossier School of Education; Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California
• Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association
• Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
• Francis Vigil, Tribal Education Specialist, National Indian Education Association (NIEA)

Why: The ramifications of multiple crises – public health, racial justice, and economic – have magnified and exacerbated challenges across the country. Schools and districts with good engagement practices and deep community partnerships were in a better position to respond, innovate and build on promising approaches. Engaging families and strong family-school-community partnerships are foundational as we implement strategies to accelerate learning and rebound from crisis conditions. This national conference highlights the best strategies for moving forward.

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More: Since 1964, IEL has equipped leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children, youth, and now adults for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship.

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