The Hawaii Statewide Family Engagement Center is hosting a virtual conference on Family Engagement featuring Dr. Karen Mapp.


About this event

Family Engagement is a full, equal, and equitable partnership among families, educators, and community partners to promote children’s learning and development from birth through college and career.

Research shows that family-school partnerships enhance children’s social, emotional, and academic growth. During this session, Dr. Mapp will discuss the latest developments in the field and the relevance of effective partnerships during this unprecedented moment.

At this event, you will:

Agenda for Friday, September 24, 2021 from 8:30AM – 11:30AM HST

8:35 am – 9:35 am (60 minutes) – Dr. Mapp, PhD, Keynote

9:35 am – 9:45 am (10-minutes) – Dr. Mapp Q&A

9:45 am – 9:55 am (10 minutes) – Break

9:55 am – 10:25 am (30 minutes) – Dr. Sheldon

10:25 am – 10:35 am (10 minutes) – Dr. Sheldon, PhD, Q & A

10:35 am – 11:05 am (30 minutes) – HFEC Training Highlights & Local Guest Speakers

  • Blake Ann Antida-Sato, Ka’u Complex Title I Linker
  • Robin Merriam Walker, Ka’u Complex Area Teacher

11:05 am – 11:20 am (15 minutes) – HFEC Resources

11:20 am – 11:30 am (10 minutes) – Closing and Survey Link


Do you require a reasonable accommodation? If yes, please register and let us know by September 3, 2021. We will do our best to meet your needs.


Karen L. Mapp, EdD, is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Over the past twenty years, her research and practice focus has been the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. Dr. Mapp holds a Doctorate and Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

She is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement and serves on the board of the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), and The Hyams Foundation. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Mapp served as a consultant on family and community engagement to the United States Department of Education in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Dr. Mapp joined the HGSE faculty in January of 2005 after serving for eighteen months as the Deputy Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). While working with the BPS, she continued to fulfill her duties as president of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE). She joined IRE in 1997 as Project Director, was appointed vice-president of IRE in May of 1998, and served as president from September 1998 to December 2004.

Dr. Mapp is the author and co-author of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in the work of student achievement and school improvement including: A New Wave Of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002); “Having Their Say: Parents Describe How and Why They are Engaged in Their Children’s Learning” (2003); Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (2010); “Debunking the Myth of the Hard to Reach Parent” (2010); “Title I and Parent Involvement: Lessons from the Past, Recommendations for the Future” (2011); A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (2011), “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships” (2014), and “From Private Citizens to Public Actors: The Development of Parent Leaders through Community Organizing” (2015) and “Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success” (2017).

Steven Sheldon, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and Assistant Director of the Center for School, Family, and Community Partnerships. He has over 20 years of experience studying the predictors and impact of family engagement in children’s education with a focus on the role of school and teacher outreach to families. Specifically, he studies how school leadership facilitates the development of school, family, and community partnership programs; his research investigates the extent to which school outreach to families is associated with family engagement in children’s learning; and how school and teacher outreach predicts student outcomes such as student attendance and standardized test performance.

Dr. Sheldon is the author of numerous reports and peer reviewed articles about the development and impact of partnership programs in schools, as well as the impact of practices such as home visits. He has co-authored several books including The Wiley Handbook on Family, School, and Community Relationships in Education (Sheldon & Turner-Vorbeck, March 2019), Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (Sanders & Sheldon, 2009), and School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action (Epstein, et al., 2009). He teaches in the graduate program for urban education, focusing on courses about leadership for School, Family, and Community Collaborations, as well as in the Education Doctorate program in the School of Education.

About the Hawaii Statewide Family Engagement Center (HFEC)

The UH Center on Disability Studies is 1 of 12 grantees who was awarded a Statewide Family Engagement Center Grant (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2023).

HFEC is using the following strategies to get more families, schools, and administrators to connect with their community and promote Family Engagement as a learning strategy to improve student academic success and school improvement:

  • We promote evidence-based approaches to engage families to support the success of their children at school;
  • We carry out parent education, family engagement in education training; and
  • Provide comprehensive training and technical assistance to state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and organizations that support family-school partnerships.