Understanding Latino Families' Experiences to Promote Meaningful Family Engagement

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify ways that Latino families’ experiences and beliefs may influence their relationships and interactions with educators and the educational system.
  2. learn strategies for effectively reaching and engaging Latino families that consider and respond to families’ specific needs and experiences.
  3. build their capacity to support their school’s family engagement efforts and fulfill their role in providing family–school collaboration services as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.


To effectively partner and engage families, schools must understand diverse families’ needs and experiences. This session will take a close look at the beliefs and experiences of Latino families that shape and affect their interactions and relationships with schools and educators. Attendees will learn actionable strategies that they can apply to meaningfully engage Latino families, and will have the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges in their own family engagement efforts.



Elisabeth O'Bryon, Family Engagement Lab
Antonio Aguilar-Diaz, PhD, School District U-46


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