The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer 2020 Principal Institutes

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

The principal institutes are also the exclusive opportunity for school leaders to receive training in Teaching for Change’s approach to monthly Parent-Principal Chats, and to receive a copy of the Parent-Principal Chats Manual (Teaching for Change, 2019).


June 30-July 2

9am to 4pm | Washington, D.C.

July 8-10

9am to 4pm | Washington, D.C.
“East of the River” Principal Institute

July 22-24

9am to 4pm | Washington, D.C.

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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 Administrators

Learning and Applying the Research on Equity and High Impact Family Engagement

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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.



Principals and assistant principals from public and public charter schools in the D.C. area and urban centers throughout the nation are welcome and encouraged to participate.

*Session 2 (July 8-10) is our “East of the [Anacostia] River” Principal Institute, and is reserved for D.C. principals of schools located in Wards 7 & 8. A limited number of scholarships are available to applicants from eligible schools (see below). Participants who may be eligible for a scholarship are strongly encouraged to apply early.


$400 per participant. Participants will receive a copy of Teaching for Change’s Parent-Principal Chats Manual, a practical guide to implementing monthly roundtables with parents at your school.


A limited amount of full tuition scholarships are available to educators from DCPS schools located in Wards 7 and 8.


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 21 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.


  • Online Application: Coming Soon
  • Paper Application: Download PDF


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


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