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).

This is a national institute, however, a limited number of scholarships are available to educators from eligible DC Public Schools (DCPS).

Registration will close when filled or by April 15, 2020.


June 30-July 2

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


July 8-10

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


July 22-24

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



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.

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.

Apply Online:


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


Teaching for Change’s family engagement approach appears in:



What Principals and APs Said About the 2019 Summer Institute

Teaching for Change’s principal institute was an opportunity for me to reflect and grow as a person, and a great way to connect with school leaders from throughout the DMV to re-think some of our core tenets of family engagement, school culture, and staff development. I highly recommend it for any school leader who wants to come back to their schools with a fresh set of eyes and ideas. – Graham McBride, Arlington Public Schools

The principal institute provided an opportunity to explore issues related to race and class to equip principals with tools to enhance parent engagement. The three-day training was planned very well and created opportunity for administrators to share ideas and network. Excellent experience! – Drake Wilson, DC Public Schools

I found this summer institute a very reflective, engaging, and powerful experience. It provided concrete and comprehensive strategies that I can implement in my school to ensure families engage with the entire school community. – Judy Seeber, Arlington Public Schools

Agradezco de todo corazón el gran esfuerzo demostrado por el equipo del instituto de verano de Teaching for Change. A lo largo de estos tres días me han brindado no solo la oportunidad de colaborar con líderes de distritos escolares, sino también la oportunidad de reflexionar y mirar dentro de mí misma mis propios prejuicios y como impactan el apoyo que brindo a los padres. –Isabel M, Arlington Public Schools

TRANSLATION: I appreciate with all my heart the great effort demonstrated by the Teaching for Change summer institute team. Over the course of these three days they have given me not only the opportunity to collaborate with school district leaders, but also the opportunity to reflect and look inward at my own prejudices and how they impact the support I provide to parents. – Isabel Messmore

Teaching for Change benefits all educators from any district or background. They offer something for everyone. The summer institute for principals provided excellent resources and opportunities to reflect on how to work with families as partners in the complex work of K-12 education. – Helena Chauvenet, DC Public Schools

The Tellin’ Stories principal summer institute by Teaching for Change helped shift my perspective on family engagement into a more inclusive and intentioned focus on involving all families. – James Welch, Arlington Public Schools

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2020 |

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