“If you have no family and community engagement strategy, there will be no school improvement,” Karen Mapp, Ed.D., a community engagement expert, told a room crowded with over 120 people at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford this afternoon. The group of parents, community members, educators, future educators, and administrators attended the Community Forum — Linking for Learning — to learn more about building relationships between schools and communities.
Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management master’s program, said that many times schools don’t tell families all of what they need to know. “A lot of what we tell parents is about discipline and rules,” she said. “They want to know about academics. We need to make academic offerings more family friendly.” Read more