From Involvement to Engagement: Redefining Family Partnerships in Educational Settings

From Involvement to Engagement: Redefining Family Partnerships in Educational Settings

June 18-19, 2024

Event Setting

In person
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State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs): Pending.

Continuing the emphasis on strengthening systems that started at last summer's event, this year Alt+Shift is partnering with Michigan Alliance for Families to look more specifically at redefining family partnerships in educational systems.

Families are an integral part of school systems and their involvement at multiple levels can improve student outcomes. Yet, family engagement is sometimes thought of as 'extra' or 'nice to have' instead of an essential part of school culture.

This event is designed for teams of diverse perspectives from Intermediate School Districts (ISDs). Teams, along with Michigan Alliance for Families parent mentors, will think systemically about family engagement practices and how to strengthen instructional initiatives.


Teams must include an:

  • ISD administrator
  • ISD instructional leader (e.g., consultant, coach, coordinator, etc.)
  • Implementer (e.g., teacher, ancillary staff, etc.)

Teams are highly encouraged to include:

  • Non-school personnel family members
  • Family engagement coordinators or committee members
  • Member district personnel may attend as part of their ISD team
  • Others

Team Registration

Registration is open through June 9, 2024

Cost for school personnel team members:

  • $35/person for teams that include a non-school personnel parent of a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • $75/person for teams without a non-school personnel parent of a student with an IEP
  • Teams with family participation receive a discount and are highly encouraged to pass the savings on to the family participant for travel and child care costs.

Cost for non-school personnel parent team members:

  • No registration fee.
  • Lodging for 1 parent per team is included, checking in June 17 and checking out June 19.

If you have questions regarding the registration process, please contact Cheryl Barry at

If you have questions about the event, please contact Kate Fanelli at


Download the Event flyer (Google Drive).

Event time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Event fee

Varies. (See description)

Registration deadline

Sunday, June 06, 2024

Event location

Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, MI 49683
United States

44.5199554, -85.9922593

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