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2024 Child Trends Spring Three-Part Virtual Series:
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement for Afghan Refugee Families

This series is presented by Child Trends, the leading research organization in the U.S. focused solely on improving the lives of children and youth. Each session in the series is designed to serve educators, school administrators, counselors, social workers, and other professional service providers that work with refugee students and their families. Participants may attend a stand-alone session, or they may attend multiple sessions. Attendees can receive Act 48 credits for each session attended.

Session 1: What is Culturally Responsive Family Engagement?

Held Jan. 31, 2024: Receive an introduction to culturally responsive family engagement and why it matters. Learn from experts at the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Program about the Pennsylvania Family Engagement Framework and begin to identify ways that the framework can be incorporated into your work with Afghan refugee families.

Session 2: Engaging Afghan Refugee Families: Learning from the Experts

Held Feb. 7, 2024: Learn from refugee-serving specialists at HIAS Pennsylvania about equitable and culturally relevant strategies to engage Afghan refugee families. Participants will also hear directly from Afghan refugee families about ways to involve them in their children’s education.

Session 3: Evidence-Based Family Engagement

Held Feb. 14: Learn evidence-based strategies and tools to cultivate equitable and culturally responsive family engagement. Engage in break-out discussions to foster peer learning and begin to identify ways that you can incorporate what you have learned into your work with Afghan refugee families.

Meet Our Instructors

Yosmary Rodriguez, M.S., is a senior research analyst in the education research area at Child Trends.

Cassidy Guros is a policy analyst on the education research team at Child Trends.