Family and Community Engagement: The Key to Student Success
By promoting an environment supportive of literacy and a culture of learning in schools, families and communities can work together to improve student achievement - in the classroom and, ultimately, in life. In order to accomplish this, families must be motivated to participate, and communities must have local ownership and a direct connection to schools and other education systems. Participants in this session will learn strategies on how to effectively involve families and communities to serve the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource - our children. In addition, Garrett covers the five essential components that comprise family engagement: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, and mentoring partnerships.
Throughout his career, Garrett has been a visionary agent of change with promoting the idea that everyone has an obligation and opportunity to serve the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource - children. Byron is a Huff Post blogger and former columnist for Parenting, where he wrote “Parent University” monthly and served on their Editorial Advisory Board. Byron served as a lead strategist and planner for NBC News’ Education Nation and produced the 1st Annual Building a Grad Nation Summit for the America’s Promise Alliance which featured former Vice-President Joe Biden. He is the former CEO of the National PTA. Garrett served as National Program Leader for the National 4-H Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the program’s seven million participants and 90,000 clubs. While at USDA he was appointed by The White House as co-convener of the Helping America’s Youth initiative, an interagency effort to address challenges facing youth and to promote successful solutions. Earlier in his career, Garrett spent a decade in Phoenix as an education advocate and community leader. He served as Policy Advisor for Faith and Community Initiatives for then Governor Janet Napolitano (former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security). Prior to that role, he was the Director of the Governor’s Division for Community and Youth Development where he administered multiple boards and commissions. He was also a K-8 charter school principal.