NPIE, Sept 18, 2013
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) ● September 5, 2013
NCPIE Meeting September 18th: Legislative Update and Focus Group
Congress will be back in session this fall and taking some action on reauthorizing ESEA. The question is what action, and whether a bill can make it through both houses of Congress, especially when yet another fiscal cliff is looming. Mollie VanLieu of National PTA will give us her assessment of what might happen over the next few months.
On July 11, 2013 the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 (S. 1291/H.R. 2662) was introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). This bill seeks to target capacity-building and technical assistance for effective family engagement strategies where it's needed most, while encouraging state and school district flexibility to identify programming that works best for local communities. The proposed language is intended to inform reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
In addition, planning has begun to create a new national association for Family and Community Engagement in Education, thanks to a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation. The second half of the meeting will be devoted to hearing from YOU about how such an association could help you in your work and what could convince others of the importance of engaging families.
The purpose of the Partnership for Family, School and Community Engagement is to:
- Promote effective practices of family and community engagement in education
- Build capacity across the field of education by offering opportunities for professional development.
- Inform the development of policy that is guided by evidence-based strategies for family-school-community engagement, with a focus on low-income communities and on early childhood and primary school programs.
- Develop leaders in the fields at all levels, and giving voice to members of marginalized communities
The call-in number for those who cannot attend in person is 1-866-846-3997. The code to connect to the call is 7888942#.
The meeting will be held in Chanin Auditorium, side B, of the NEA building at 1201 16th Street, NW. We will start with networking at 9:00 AM, and the meeting will go from 9:30 - 11:30 AM. I hope you can join us for this important event, either in person or by phone hookup. We need your ideas, insights and suggestions!
Anne T Henderson, Interim Chair
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
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