Bilingual Education & Family Engagement
Dr. Alberto Ochoa, SDSU Professor Emeritus
Centro Cultural de la Raza
The topic for our first session was Bilingual Education & Family Engagement. We know that multilingual educational settings are beneficial for children, and our discussion was all about the research, history, and implications for bilingual education.
Since this meeting, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 58, thereby reducing barriers to more multilingual education setting for students. A success!
The Many Faces of PTA
Kiki Bispo & Bea Fernandez
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
The demographics of our communities are fluid and constantly changing. So too is the face of PTA and all groups we seek to engage in our schools. Let’s put ourselves in the lives of others and discuss how to honor the capital that all families possess in order to effectively engage and empower the beautiful diversity that shapes our local culture.
This session will highlight the work of Vista and San Diego Unified in engaging diverse communities through PTA.
Participants are encouraged to stay for a FREE tour of the Alta Vista Botanical Garden following the session.
Kitchenistas: A Peer-to-Peer Approach to Family Engagement
Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center
Families are more likely to participate in school communities when they are engaged by people with similar life experiences. In this session, we’ll learn from the Kitchenistas of National City, a group of dedicated community leaders that organize to confront health crises in their community. They’ll share their peer-to-peer engagement techniques, including a special cooking demonstration!
A FREE tour of Olivewood will follow the session.
The Intersection of Restorative Practice & Family Engagement
Cynthia Burton, Momentum Learning
Valencia Park / Malcolm X Branch Library
5148 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92114
“Restorative practices” are in style these days. But what does it really mean to seek restoration through pract
Exploring African American History in San Diego County
Old Town Community Church
Oftentimes the contributions of African Americans in shaping the fabric of San Diego goes unrecognized. When people know they have an influential place in history, it creates a greater sense of belonging and self pride. We know that everyone benefits from learning about other people’s history. We as practitioners working with families have an obligation to foster that sense of belonging and inclusiveness of all families in the work we do.
Mindfulness in family engagement... along the water in Mission Bay
By shores of Mission Bay 🙂
Family engagement can be rewarding yet consuming work. In order to serve families well, we must first make sure we are taking care of ourselves and supporting our own families. How do we find that healthy balance? Our first session of 17-18 will introduce mindfullness practices in one of San Diego’s most cherished spaces.
We will be outdoors for this session, in an easily accessible location along the bay. The exact location will be shared one week before the event.
Voices from the Field
Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Hear from a panel of parent/guardian leaders who will share how they became involved and remained active in their school’s/organization’s family engagement program. The discussion will include successes, challenges, and how they overcame them. It will conclude with an interactive activity!
This session will be hosted at Bread & Salt, an experimental center for the arts with strong community ties in historic Barrio Logan.