October 19 2023

Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT 

Registration: 8- 8:30am

Event: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

$145 Per Attendee
(Includes light breakfast and lunch) 

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Relationships First!

The annual Family & Community Engagement Conference is back, and this year we’re putting Relationships First!

Whether you’re a parent, educator, administrator, or community leader, this conference is your gateway to empowerment, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to foster authentic relationships that truly make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Immerse yourself in interactive workshops led by field experts, where they’ll generously share their insights and experiences. Engage with like-minded individuals from diverse disciplines, building a supportive community that thrives on collaboration.

This is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. Join us at the Family & Community Engagement Conference and become a catalyst for transformative change. Register now and secure your place at the forefront of creating impactful connections that shape the future of education.

In partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) the 2023 Parental Involvement Recognition Awards will be at the Connecticut Family & Community Engagement Conference!

The Parental Involvement Recognition Award celebrates and acknowledges the exceptional efforts of parents, groups, or organizations that stand as shining examples of parental involvement in schools and community organizations. These individuals and groups are selected based on their remarkable contributions in several key areas:

Active Involvement: Demonstrated engagement in their child’s/children’s school and community activities.
Support for Quality Education: A commitment to supporting local schools and contributing to high-quality education for all children.
Making a Difference: Evidence of their ability to drive positive change within their local school and community.
Equity Advocacy: Dedication and advocacy efforts to ensure equitable opportunities for all parents and their children.

We’re proud to recognize those who have made a significant impact in fostering strong relationships between families, schools, and communities.

Know a parent or parents who have made positive changes in their children’s school or community? Or, set an example through their personal involvement to make a difference? Nominate them today! 
Applications close Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. George Otero,
Director, Center for RelationaLeadership and RelationaLearning

Dr. George Otero is a well-known international consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. Dr. Otero has worked with a diverse body of clients throughout the USA, Australia, and the UK. He and his wife Susan operate the Center for RelationaLearning based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Otero has spent his career that positive relationships are the key to effective education, learning, and leadership.

Learn more about Dr. Otero… 

Featured Speaker

Wesley Williams II,
Senior Research Director, NORC

Wesley Williams II is a NORC senior research director with over 25 years of experience in providing technical assistance, customized professional learning, implementation, and strategic planning, and thought leadership at the national, state, and local levels in specific content areas: recruitment and retention of diverse educators, equity, racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and culturally responsive practice (CR).

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What is the theme of the Family & Community Engagement Conference?

– The theme of the conference is “Putting Relationships First.” It focuses on fostering authentic connections between families, schools, and communities to enhance engagement in education.

Who can attend the conference?

– The conference is open to professionals, educators, families, community leaders, and anyone passionate about family and community engagement in education across Connecticut and beyond.

Is the conference an in-person or virtual event?

– The conference will be an in-person event held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel- 100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

 How can I submit a workshop proposal?

– Workshop proposals can be submitted here during the Call for Workshop Proposals period.

What are the topics or areas of interest for workshop proposals?

– Workshop proposals should align with the conference theme of “Relationships First” and cover various aspects of family and community engagement in education, such as building partnerships, communication strategies, parental involvement, and equitable practices.

Is there a registration fee for the conference?

– The conference registration fee is $145 per attendee, group rates and other pricing information can be found on the registration page.

 Are there any scholarships or financial assistance available for attendees?

– A limited number of scholarships are available for families attending the conference, for more information contact Mary Lou Molloy at mmolloy@crec.org

 Will there be networking opportunities at the conference?

– Yes, the conference will include networking opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals, educators, parents, and community leaders.

 Where can I find updates and announcements about the conference?

– Stay informed by signing up for a Conference Newsletter and following our official social media channels for regular updates, announcements, and important information.


For other conference questions, contact Vincent Crawford at vcrawford@crec.org.

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The Connecticut Family School Partnerships bring together the expertise and resources of five diverse educational and family advocacy agencies committed to developing a Connecticut family engagement model that creates a culture of full, equal, and equitable partnerships between families, schools, and community partners to elevate student success.


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