Tips and Ideas / Mar 16, 2017

Interested in Family Engagement? Don’t Miss These ASCD Empower17 Sessions & Exhibitors


Are you heading to ASCD Empower17  this year? Your key to making the most of the conference is planning ahead.

Follow our “Empower17 Parent Engagement Pathway” and return to work as a family engagement leader, who has a variety of tools and approaches for meaningfully connecting with parents and the community.

Companies to connect with:

Treasure Bay

Treasure Bay specializes in book series for parent involvement and at-risk students that are proven to significantly increase students’ reading scores.

Booth: 1002

Flipped Learning Global

Flipped learning challenges us to question the traditional learning models. One of the most important trends of flipped learning is increasing the importance of home-based learning and family involvement. Visit the booth to learn how to “flip your classroom” and increase family involvement in learning at home.

Booth: 968

Velazquez Press

Velazquez Press specializes in academic language and biliteracy materials. Their materials such as the Parent Involvement Book Club Kit can help build parent leaders in your school and enhance partnerships between teachers and parents of English language learners.

Booth: 1505

Positive Action

The Positive Action program features scripted lessons that are easy to prepare and teach. What sets Positive Action apart is recognizing that a friendly, supporting environment is an important component of student success. There are Kits for School Climate, Counselors, Community and Family members.

Booth: 1252


If you’re visiting the exhibition hall, make sure to stop by our booth. Our team will be ready to support you with personalized advice for creating strong partnerships with parents in your classroom. If you’d like to simplify communication with parents, we can get your classroom set up in seconds – using ClassTag is totally free. Sign up for a demo, and we’ll walk you through implementing ClassTag in your school and turning parents into partners.

Meet us at booth 1263 and learn how to reach every parent in your classroom. You’ll also get a chance to enter a raffle and win an amazing 3D printer for your classroom!

Sessions to attend:

Innovative Ways to Involve and Empower Spanish-Speaking Parents

Language barriers and cultural differences are one of the most common reasons why parents appear withdrawn and indifferent. Melanie Pearch will share how educators in her school engage parents who speak limited or no English. Melanie will explain what worked in her school and share templates and samples.

Sun, March 26th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

The Right Question School–Family Partnership Strategy

Most overburdened schools don’t have the means or the resources to engage parents in school activities (or their children’s education in general). Luz Santana and Agnus Bain will help us understand the challenge and offer solutions based on decades of experience in education and extensive research.

Sat, March 25th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Can Technology Increase High-Quality Interaction Between Parents and Children?

Emily Roden will examine how screen time has changed the modern family dynamic and whether technology can actually increase human-to-human interaction.

Sat, March 25th, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Redefining Homework: Effective Practices for 21st Century

Homework is an aspect of the education process that affects every member of the school community: students, parents, teachers and administrators. This session will examine one district’s journey to improve homework practices and move from busy work to meaningful learning.

Sat, March 25th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

From Involvement to Engagement: Breaking the Barriers of LEP Parental Involvement

Many teachers struggle with involving Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents. Jusmar Maness will present many ways to enhance their school participation through creativity and a culturally proficient approach. If you want to learn how to break the barriers of parental involvement for LEP parents and achieve consistent parental engagement, this session is for you.

Sat, March 25th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Will you make time for any of the companies and sessions above? What else is on your Empower17 agenda? Let us know by tweeting to us @classtagme!

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