The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement 2019 National Summer Institutes

The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer Institutes will teach participants to apply an asset-based lens to family engagement that is grounded in popular education, community organizing, racial equity, and family engagement research.


Teacher & Staff Institute

June 25-27

9am to 5pm

Washington, D.C.

Registration will close when filled
or by May 31, 2019

Join the Waitlist

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Principal Institute

July 23-25

9am to 5pm

Washington, D.C.

Registration will close when filled
or by June 28, 2019

Join the Waitlist

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Summer institute topics will include:

Racism, Classism, and Equity Literacy: Building Context for Families’ Experiences with School

Building Relationships and Meeting Families Where They Are

Connecting Family Engagement to Academic Success

Community Organizing Lessons for Educators

Learning and Applying the Research on High Impact Family Engagement

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The summer institutes are based on the yearlong Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Seminar and draw from research and in-school experience.

Teaching for Change has been recognized by the Harvard Family Research Project’s National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group as one of the most effective approaches in the country for engaging traditionally marginalized parents (2010), and in the past several years has been written about in Education Week, Rethinking Schools, ThinkProgress, Education Leadership, and The Atlantic.



Educators from public and public charter schools in the D.C. area and nationwide are welcome and encouraged to participate.


The June 25-27 teacher and staff summer institute is designed for teachers, counselors, support staff, school administrators (including assistant principals), and school-based parent coordinators and liaisons from Title I elementary schools.

The July 23-25 principal institute is specifically reserved for school principals. Eligible principals from DC schools are encouraged to apply for a scholarship.


$400 per participant. Participants will receive a copy of Teaching for Change’s publication Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships.


A limited amount of scholarships are available to educators from:

  1. DCPS schools located in Wards 7 and 8
  2. DC public and public charter schools that received a “Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools, type 1 (CS1)” designation from OSSE (e. bottom 5% on the ESSA STAR rating)

Participants who may be eligible for a scholarship are strongly encouraged to apply early.


All participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion, and may arrange to receive credit towards their professional learning, per LEA requirements. DC Public Schools educators may receive up to 24 PLUs for successfully completing the summer institute.


Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage at 1816 12th Street NW, Washington, DC. A limited amount of affordable housing options may be arranged for out of town registrants. Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided, as well as an hour long break for lunch.


Teacher and Staff Institute

Principal Institute


Email for more information or call 202-588-7204 x31.


Teaching for Change’s family engagement approach appears in: