White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement

Philanthropic, research and federal partners come together for dialogue on opportunities and pathways for empowering parents as leaders and key decision makers in education

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Deputy Assistant to the President for Education Roberto Rodríguez told attendees at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement that more needs to be done to “ensure families are full partners in the development, well-being and educational success of their children.”
Carla D. Thompson, WKKF vice president for program strategy, addresses attendees of the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Carla D. Thompson in speaking about the importance of family engagement at the White House.
Secretary Duncan took questions from audience members at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement, which included philanthropists, researchers and administration officials.
Ann Ishimaru, a researcher at the University of Washington, asks Secretary Duncan a question at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Frank Gettridge, WKKF program officer, reminisces on his time at Chicago Public Schools with Secretary Duncan.
A panel of researchers, including Dr. Heather Weiss of Harvard Family Research Project (right), discuss the profound impact family engagement has on students’ success at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Researcher Angel Harris of Duke University shares his thoughts in a breakout session at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Jenefer O’Dell, program officer with WKKF (center-right), discusses her thoughts in a breakout session at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator of maternal and child health of the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was among many administration officials in attendance at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Fanon Hill, founder and executive director of the Youth Resiliency Institute, asks a question to panelists at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Tracy Hill (right) of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District speaks on a panel showcasing on-the-ground efforts of transformative family engagement at the White House. D.C. Public Schools teacher Dwight Davis (left) also participated in the discussion.
The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell (center) of the Department of Education’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships shares her thoughts in a breakout session at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Jesse Mojica (center) of the New York City Department of Education talks about how to measure and scale family engagement efforts on a panel at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement. Carmel Martin of Center for American Progress (center-left in red) moderated the panel, which also included a number of administration officials.
Elaine Zimmerman (left) of the Connecticut Commission on Children examines frameworks on family engagement from the departments of Education and Health and Human Services at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
WKKF Program Officers Frank Gettridge, Jenefer O’Dell and Valorie Johnson discuss the foundation’s racial equity principles in family engagement at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
Deputy Assistant to the President for Education Roberto Rodríguez (far right) listens to Jesse Mojica of the New York City Department of Education (far left) during a breakout session at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
WKKF grantees Melia Franklin of the Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) (left) and Fanon Hill of the Youth Resiliency Institute (center), listen to closing remarks at the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement.
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Photos from a July 31 White House symposium to expand the national conversation about transformative family engagement as a major contributor to children’s school readiness and success.

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