Livingtree Family Engagement Webinars
Our mission at Livingtree is to improve student outcomes by helping classrooms, schools, and districts connect with their communities and the people that can make a difference for students. While we offer K-12 platforms to improve the connection between schools and families, we know that effective family engagement in schools requires staff to understand and use best practices.
That’s why we look to experts and practitioners to provide resources that can help enhance family engagement in schools. Our family engagement webinars are a completely free resource open to anyone looking to learn more. So join us in the future, or watch some of our past webinar recordings below!
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Systems Approaches to Family Engagement
Join Livingtree with the School District of Greenfield’s Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Jessica Stein, and Superintendent of Schools, Lisa Elliot, to learn how they’ve established successful systemic approaches to family engagement in their schools.
In this webinar, they’ll share their strategies for engaging their youngest learners through a variety of activities, using technology to effectively communicate with all families and the community at large, engaging strategic community partners to help meet the needs of the whole child, for each student, and incorporating senior citizens into the educational process of their schools with programs such as the Senior Tax Exchange Program.
Family Engagement: High Impact Practice (Especially Now)
Join Livingtree and guest Anne T. Henderson, a founder and senior consultant with NAFSCE, and Vice-Chair of the NAFSCE board, to discuss why family engagement is especially important right now and what practices are most effective.
In this webinar, Anne covers new research that is showing us how we can create a system of connection and support that is centered on student well-being, and also strengthens families and boosts teacher morale.
Home Visits: Building Strong Relationships During COVID-19
Join Livingtree with guests Gina Martinez-Keddy and Gretchen Viglione to learn about the Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) model and how schools are applying their principles with some integral adaptations for COVID-19 to continue creating relationships that bridge the gap created by physical distancing.
In this webinar, they cover their model and core practices, their transition to virtual and hybrid visits, and how schools found success with Bridge Visits.
A Fresh Look at Building Parent Partnerships in Schools
Join Livingtree and guest George Otero, who has worked nationally and internationally as a teacher, educator, consultant, social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and author. George and his wife, Susan, operate the Center for RelationalLearning (CRL) based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In this webinar, George covers a fresh look at the why, how, and what of parent partnerships, with three relationship-building approaches to implement across your district or school
Shifting from a Schoolcentric to a Familycentric Approach
Join Livingtree and guest Debbie Pushor, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and former public school teacher, consultant, principal, and central services administrator, to discuss lessons she believes the crisis of the pandemic is offering us in finding different, and more respectful and equitable ways to work with parents and families.
In this webinar, Debbie covers the sacred role of parents, a new familycentric role for teachers, honoring parent knowledge, using teacher knowledge alongside parent knowledge, differentiated parent engagement and differentiated teacher engagement.
Family Engagement through an Anti-Bias, Anti-Oppressive Lens
Join Livingtree and guest Nancy Angevine-Sands, OCT, a family engagement consultant, founder of With Equal Step, and former teacher from Toronto, Canada, to discuss looking at family engagement through an Anti-Bias, Anti-Oppressive lens.
In this webinar, Nancy covers authentic family engagement and embedding Anti-Bias, Anti-Oppressive practices into relationships, communication, and strategies to engage families in learning.
Family Engagement: How to Build Relationships by Tearing Down Walls
How To Simplify Your Communication to Improve Family Engagement
Join Livingtree and guest Patricia Weinzapfel, author of No More Mumbo Jumbo: Bridging the Communication Gap Between Educators and Families, for ideas on how to simplify and improve your communications.
Patricia shares practical tips, tools, and techniques that you can apply to all of your conversations, emails, text messages, flyers, notes, and newsletters.
Family Engagement: The Role of School Counselors
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Trish Hatch, a national leader in school counseling, to learn how to strengthen partnerships between school counselors and families to maximize student success.
Participants will walk away with practical suggestions for increasing engagement, best practices for supporting the needs of all students, and identify measurable student outcomes to gauge the effectiveness of collaboration between families and the school counseling department.
Please note: only a portion of this recording is available.
Parent Teacher Home Visits: Changing Mindsets and School Culture
Join Livingtree and guests Gina Martinez-Keddy, Lisa Levasseur, and Vicki Trimingham, representatives from the Parent Teacher Home Visits organization and Elk Grove Unified School District, to learn how Home Visits can change mindsets and school culture in powerful ways.
Gina, Lisa, and Vicki will discuss how teachers and parents can build meaningful connections, change how they think about each other, and how this relationship changes schools and classrooms in powerful ways.
Where to Start: Making the Shift to Family Engagement This Year
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, for a discussion on the first steps you should be taking to engage families this year, and what you should consider when it comes to today’s family engagement practices.
The webinar will cover the most often asked question in family engagement,
shifts in family culture and where schools are falling behind, outdated methods and missed opportunities, and the 7 BIG ideas in family engagement.
Home Visits: A Powerful Way to Engage Families
Join Livingtree and guests Gina Martinez-Keddy and Lisa Levasseur, as well as Dr. Steve Constantino, for a discussion on how you can use Home Visits to improve family engagement in your district.
The webinar will cover why Home Visits are important to family engagement, what a Home Visit should encompass, how to get started and get people onboard, and key insights to making home visits successful.
From the Beginning: Creating the Necessary Conditions to Engage Every Family
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, to discuss building a culture in your district that is conducive to engaging every family.
The webinar covers the importance of culture as a foundation for effective family engagement practices, how to determine the present culture of your organization and its attitudes toward family engagement, assessing and addressing your district’s overall awareness, culture, and beliefs of family engagement, and the key components and best practices of a healthy culture that supports and sustains family engagement.
Family Engagement 2.0: Promoting Family Efficacy with Technology
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, to learn about the changing “face” of families and what it means for family engagement strategies as we prepare to start a new decade in an increasingly digital world.
The webinar covers the changing “face” of families and the impactfulness of our strategies, the impact of technology on two-way communication, and the process of promoting family efficacy with the use of technology.
Practices That Promote Family Efficacy with Student Learning
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, for practical ideas that can be implemented in any school.
Disengaged Families: Why They Are & How to Change the Course
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, to discuss the reasons of why families disengage and practices that schools can use to to re-engage those families.
Engaging Families from Day 1: Getting it Right from the Start
Join Livingtree and guest Dr. Steve Constantino, family engagement leader, author, and speaker, to learn about the process of engaging families from the beginning of the school year.