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Dr. Karen Mapp will share what we know, given the extensive research on family engagement, about the powerful impact of effective family–school partnerships on students, parents, teachers, and schools. Dr. Mapp will discuss what we have learned from the Covid 19 crisis and the over 50 years of research about the critical role of home-school partnerships to support student success and school improvement. Dr. Mapp will summarize the research and articulate the essential conditions, as identified in the 2019 Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2), necessary to cultivate and sustain liberatory (free of dominance), solidarity-driven (in union and fellowship), and equity-focused (fair and just) family engagement practice. She will also highlight findings from her newly released book, “Everyone Wins!: The evidence for family-school partnerships and implications for practice.”

When: Thu, Feb 2, 2023 · 5:00 PM · EST
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Who can attend? Everyone



Karen L. Mapp, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Over the past twenty years, her research and practice focus has been the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. Dr. Mapp holds a Doctorate and Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
She is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement and serves on the board of the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), and The Hyams Foundation. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Mapp served as a consultant on family and community engagement to the United States Department of Education in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.
Dr. Mapp joined the HGSE faculty in January of 2005 after serving for eighteen months as the Deputy Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). While working with the BPS, she continued to fulfill her duties as president of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE). She joined IRE in 1997 as Project Director, was appointed vice-president of IRE in May of 1998, and served as president from September 1998 to December 2004.
Dr. Mapp is the author and co-author of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in the work of student achievement and school improvement including: A New Wave Of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002); Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (2010); Debunking the Myth of the Hard to Reach Parent (2010); Title I and Parent Involvement: Lessons from the Past, Recommendations for the Future (2011); A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (2011); Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (2014); “From Private Citizens to Public Actors: The Development of Parent Leaders through Community Organizing” (2015); “Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success” (2017), and Embracing a new normal: Toward a more liberatory approach to family engagement (2021).

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