Radical Family Engagement Cohort

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Dates: September 24, 2021 – June 2022 

Location: Virtual & Face-to-Face

Registration Fee:
    Nonmember Price: $2,500
    AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

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About the Radical Family Engagement Cohort

Radical Family Engagement (RFE) isn't just about attendance at Back-to-School Night or parent volunteers. RFE is about truly engaging parents in their children's school process by building relationships and changing mindsets. Engage parents as authentic partners and start leveraging a child's first and most important teacher ─ their parent(s). 

Let's turn the apple cart upside down together. Let's get radical!


Who Should Participate?

Any district leader who is interested in truly engaging parents in their children's school process. 
Much of the work will be team-oriented so leaders are encouraged to attend as a district team of up to five individuals (Superintendent, 3 other school personnel and 1 representative from the early learning community - preferably Head Start).

What Will I Learn?

By joining AASA's Radical Family Engagement Cohort you will:
  • Innovate and create with some of the boldest school system leaders in the country
  • Define and build a strategic implementation plan for best practices around engaging families
  • Understand how to align community resources to bring these plans to scale beyond ARP funding
  • Engage parents as authentic partners and valuable contributors in their children's school process
  • Increase family engagement and district understanding of the need for engagement opportunities
  • Build community relationships to foster the whole learner, no learner marginalized and a future-driven culture
  • Work on practical projects that you can use NOW to affect change and influence success for your students

Programs Dates & Details

Program Duration: September 24, 2021 – June 2022

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Virtual Kick-Off: September 24, 2021
Virtual Cohort Meetings (12:30- 2:00 PM ET):
  • October 6, 2021
  • November 3, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • January 5, 2022
  • February 2, 2022
  • March 2, 2022
  • April 6, 2022 (subject to change)
  • May 11, 2022
Face-to-Face Meeting: Spring 2022 (subject to change based on the current pandemic situation)


Lead Faculty 



Deborah Bergeron, Deputy Director for Community Engagement and Innovation, National Head Start Association  





Nate Quesnel, Superintendent, East Hartford Public Schools, Conn.





 Advisory Committee Group

Minerva-Pardo-200Minerva Pardo, Family Engagement Coordinator, West Valley School District, Wa. Originally from Mexico City, Pardo has two undergraduate degrees – one in Bilingual Education and another in Psychology. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education.  She has been a leader in the Yakima Valley to organize family engagement in partnership with the Flamboyán Foundation’s National Fellowship program.  Ms. Pardo is also a national trainer for the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors Framework and has worked with the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance to translate framework materials into Spanish. This framework has changed the way she works with families. She has presented at the local, state, and national levels to a variety of audiences including superintendents, school staff, health providers, families, and teenagers.

 Email:  pardom@wvsd208.org    Twitter:  @colegiosucced


Avis Williams Headshot Pic 2021 Avis Williams is the award-winning superintendent in Historic Selma, Ala.  A native of Salisbury, NC, she has served in the U.S. Army and as an entrepreneur. She received her undergraduate degree from Athens State University, master’s from Alabama A&M, and doctorate from the University of Alabama.  Avis has served as a principal at all levels, as assistant superintendent and delivered dozens of professional development sessions nationwide. She was awarded the Marbury Technology Innovation award by the Alabama State Department of Education in 2011 and 2019. A champion for equity, Dr. Williams is the 2020 Alabama Black School Educators Superintendent of the Year and a 2019 finalist for Alabama Superintendent of the Year.



  Pricing Per Team (up to five individuals from the same district)

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000
Not a member? Join now to save $500!

Once the primary lead registers, they will have the ability to invite up to four additional team members.

The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.


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Contact AASA program director Debbie Magee at dmagee@aasa.org