The 2018 Maryland Family Engagement Summit

The Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is seeking workshop presenters for the 3rd Annual Maryland Family Engagement Summit to be held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute. The Summit will be attended by educators, parent ambassadors, family service coordinators, Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) members, and state and local policy makers.

Proposals for the two-hour breakout sessions should support the theme of cultivating and developing family leaders, and strategies for engaging families as leaders in schools, programs, and communities with an emphasis on moving from involvement to engagement.

All proposals should take into consideration the particular strengths and needs of dual-language or non-English-speaking families and families of children with disabilities. Proposals should align with the Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework and should indicate which specific goals of the Framework it supports. Proposals are due on or before Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST.

View the Call for Proposals here.  

For more information, please contact Robin Hopkins at

The 2017 Family Engagement Summit Materials


Keynote: Lisa Guernsey




Presentations (Afternoon Workshops)

A. How to Develop and Enhance Resilience in Children and Families
Brijan M. Fellows and D'Lisa Ramsey Worth,  University of Maryland, School of Medicine
B. How the New Science of Development and Learning Supports Children Learning 
Eugene E. Garcia, Arizona State University, and Roberto Flores and Dayana Muniz, CentroNía
C. Harnessing the Combined Power of School, Home and Community
Jessie Lavorgna, Education Development Center 
D. Promoting Wellness within LGBT Families
Veronica M. Kirkland, All Things Are Possible Services, LLC
E. Cultural Awareness and Family Engagement
Petrea Hicks, XYZ... the end result! LLC
F. In Their Shoes: Experiencing the Challenges of Accessing Resources
Jamie Mathewson, Washington County Family Center
G. Tips for Bringing Early Learning and Family Engagement into the Digital Age
Conni Strittmatter, Harford County Public Library, and Lisa Guernsey, New America 

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