Date: January 26, 2018
Jenee Littrell, Administrator, Safe and Supportive Schools/Student Services, San Mateo County Office of Education
1101 Shoreway Road
Cultural humility is a commitment to bold self-evaluation and addressing power imbalances. There is no finish line! It’s a life-long journey…Join us to explore how cultural humility can shift the dynamic in our work with diverse families.
Back to the Basics: humility, compassion, and respect
Date: November 3, 2017
Aurora Gallardo, Community Worker, StarVista
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
We each bring unique life experiences to our work with families. Join us to explore how the stories of our families influence our own stories and create the foundation for meaningful connections.
Awakening Voices of the Heart
Date: September 29, 2017
Renato Almanzor, Executive Director East Oakland Building Healthy Communities
Historic Train Depot
110 Higgins Canyon Road
Half Moon Bay
Join us for a conversation on how a heightened awareness of our own life experiences and internal voices can lead to empathy and ultimately shape how we “show up” for diverse families.
Circle Up and Play!
Date: August 25, 2017
Alejandro Vilchez, A.V. Consulting
The Village Hub
3154 Woodside Road
Join us to explore innovative and playful restorative practices as a means to engage with one another and our families! We will be in conversation about a play-based community building approach that is both fun and intentional. Together, we will discover how this approach is reflective and respectful of the diverse cultures and languages represented in our community.
The Healing Energy of the Arts
Date: May 26, 2017
Michelle Holdt, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education
Elkus Ranch Conference Center
1500 Purisima Creek Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
How can the arts be a powerful vehicle for telling stories and healing? Join us for a restorative experience with engaging and dynamic art strategies, in both theater and visual arts! Together, we will explore art forms that can lead to more creative connections with families.
Resilience During Challenging Times
Date: April 28, 2017
Milton Reynolds, Senior Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves
Redwood City Woman’s Club
149 Clinton Street
As challenging as the current moment is, it’s important to recognize that we’ve been here before as a nation. It is often in times of duress that communities coalesce and join forces to endure, persevere and sometimes even thrive. Join us to share stories and vision beyond the present moment with the goal of tapping into each other’s and our families’ strengths!
Connecting with Families Through the Power of Stories
Date: March 31, 2017
Mauricio Palma, Director of Initiatives & Special Projects Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Colma Community Center
1520 Hillside Blvd
Colma, CA 94014
Our stories connect us with one another across boundaries of race, economic status and culture. When we share our stories, we begin to build a foundation of trust and respect, essential ingredients for meaningful relationships. Join us to explore how the power of stories can strengthen our partnerships with families.
Cultivating Community Through Trust
Date: February 24, 2017
Brenda Salgado, Director, Nepantla Center for Healing and Renewal
Twin Pines Lodge
40 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002
At our core, we all want the capacity to flourish, feel seen and be heard. Building and sustaining collaborative relationships through trust can provide a rich foundation for healthy partnerships with families and communities. Join us for a conversation about research on trust and how indigenous teachings can expand our thinking about co-creating trust with families.
Friday CAFE Kick-Off
Date: January 27, 2017
Dr. Francisco Reveles
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
On Friday, January 27, nearly 80 family engagement professionals from more than 35 local organizations attended the kick-off event at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo.
One of many highlights of the afternoon was a keynote address by Dr. Francisco Reveles, Yuba County superintendent of schools, whose presentation reinforced the idea of using success, not survival, to help orient the work that practitioners do with children and families. Attendees were also excited to hear from Vaea Sanft, a parent and father engagement leader with the Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD), who spoke about his experiences as a father and a practitioner in the family engagement field. He hoped to welcome more fathers into the work and into the lives of their children.