Dr. Karen Mapp’s Family Engagement offers a comprehensive series of workshops and programs that are designed to raise the power of family engagement and develop an action plan to ensure continued student success.

The series, which incorporates the research of Dr. Karen Mapp, consists of three interactive, full-day workshops focused on exploring the link between family and community engagement, and student achievement. These workshops provide community organization members with information and strategies needed to create and sustain systemic school, family, and community partnerships that support student learning and school improvement.

If you are interested in registering for this workshop series, please contact us at 800-397-1437 ext. 6333.

Workshop 1: Redesigning Family Engagement – The Essential Ingredient

This module contains foundational training for district leadership and school teams, and covers the building blocks for elevated family engagement.

Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of family and community engagement as it relates to student achievement and school improvement.

Workshop 2: Designing Family Engagement Events

This module examines current core beliefs and deepens the participants’ understanding of the best practices in family engagement through a series of expert-guided interactive exercises.

Participants will be able to design family engagement events linked to learning, fostering family networks, and providing opportunities to practice new skills, including developing a plan and implementing a “re-purposed” family engagement event prior to Workshop 3.

Workshop 3: Engaging Families in Learning Throughout the School Year

This module demonstrates how to create exemplary family learning events that are directly linked to the school’s improvement plan.

Participants will experience family learning from two perspectives—that of the educator and the family member. They will engage families and childcare providers to establish an action team to carry out strategies at home and in the community. Participants will also establish an Action Team to implement a year-long, multi-strategy plan.


  • Three full-day interactive workshops with hands-on applications
  • 24/7 access to online videos and resources
  • Access to consultative support
  • Participant guide and resources to build a sustainable Family Engagement action plan

When parents are engaged, it gives kids the idea that reading is important and school is important. Students who are motivated and care about reading go further [in life].

-Mary Jo Shelton, Tennessee Reading Specialist