Parents as Allies

Free webinars for parents and teachers on making the most of family-school collaboration

Photo caption: Families interact at “Hi Neighbor,” a family-school engagement event at Avonworth Primary Center, part of the Parents as Allies project.

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust family engagement into the spotlight, presenting an opportunity to markedly shift the overall vision for family-school collaboration. The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution has been researching how families and schools can better work together to improve and transform how education is delivered and what it can achieve. And, through the Parents as Allies project, Kidsburgh has been working with a cohort of school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania on different family engagement strategies, including conversations asking parents and caregivers on what schools and families can do together.

Kidsburgh invites you to join us for two free webinars to learn more on how families and schools together can work together to create the best learning journey for students. The events are free but registration is required. Learn more about each session below. And click here to learn more about the Parents as Allies project generously funded by The Grable Foundation.


Transforming Education Systems Through Family-School Collaboration 

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 12:00-1:00pm (virtual workshop)


Join lead author Rebecca Winthrop to explore CUE’s newly released playbook on family-school engagement, featuring key findings from a global survey of 25,000 parents and 6,000 teachers and a review of more than 500 effective family engagement strategies around the world. After a short presentation, attendees and educators will work in virtual breakout rooms to discuss insights from surveys across school districts in southwestern PA as well as create a shared vision for education that can lead to transformation. This session from Parents as Allies is recommended for school leaders and educators.


Why Family-School Engagement is Important to Parents & Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 7:00-7:45pm (virtual webinar)


In this virtual webinar, KDKA TV’s Kristine Sorensen moderates a presentation and discussion with CUE’s lead author Rebecca Winthrop and Kidsburgh’s Ambassador Yu-Ling Cheng. Parents and teachers will learn about the findings from CUE’s playbook on family-school engagement as well as on-the-ground strategies that are being implemented across local southwestern Pennsylvania school districts. The session ends with a Q&A and is recommended for parents and caregivers.