Chapter: Connecticut

2021-2022 Dates


Fridays, 9:30-11:00 am

  • October 22, 2021
  • November 12, 2021
  • December 10, 2021
  • January 21, 2022
  • March 4, 2022
  • April 8, 2022
  • May 13, 2022 (Note change in date)

Find recordings of past Friday CAFE sessions here.


Sponsored by a collaboration of CSDE, CT Family-School Partnership at CREC, SERC, and our Advisory Group





March 4, 2022

Equity and Language Access: Everyone's fundamental right to have their voices heard

All families, regardless of the language they speak, deserve to meaningfully participate in their children’s education. Promoting language access includes translation and interpretation. Language access also means removing systemic barriers that prevent families from sharing their authentic perspectives, wisdom and lived experiences.

Join us to discuss strategies and challenges associated with providing equitable language access for all families. Practitioners and families will share their experiences, practical tools, and resources that schools can use to build their capacity to uplift all family voices.

Conversation Catalysts: Jane Hampton-Smith, Co-Executive Director, CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), with a panel of families and practitioners

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January 21, 2022

Family Engagement IS Equity Work! How Family Partnerships Promote Equity in Education

Join us in a dialogue about how our work to engage and partner with families ultimately serves a larger vision and goal we have of maximizing the opportunities and outcomes for ALL children. Family Engagement is truly equity work in the end. Join us to talk with representatives from the West Hartford Public Schools who will discuss how they have sought to answer larger questions in our work:

-How is family partnership an issue of equity in our schools?
-How can family partnership be embedded into a district’s mission and vision for equity?
-How can family partnership serve as a lever for equity?

Conversation Catalysts: Roszena Haskins and Scott Ratchford, West Hartford Public Schools Office of Equity Advancement and Community Partners

Watch the recording here




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