Carnegie Forum: Elevating Family-School Partnership

When schools shut down abruptly last spring, we broke the imagined boundary that existed between home and school, according to the Carnegie Foundation. Parents suddenly had a front-row seat to their children’s learning. Educators worked hand in hand with parents to support student success, and discovered what is possible when collaboration with families is a priority.

As we look ahead to students returning for in-person learning, it is essential that education leaders invest in strategies that build on that foundation, empower families as true partners, and give them a seat at the table as critical decisions are made for the fall and the future.

This Carnegie Forum is inspired by a new report on family engagement by Karen L. Mapp and Eyal Bergman commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The report outlines a more liberatory, solidarity-driven and equity-focused family engagement practice that supports educational excellence for all children.

Download the report.

To gain better insights on the topic, watch a Carnegie Forum with national education and parent leaders to discuss what family engagement should look like and how federal recovery funds can be used effectively to strengthen and reimagine the home-school connection.


Cindy Marten
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Karen L. Mapp
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Co-author, Embracing a New Normal: Toward a More Liberatory Approach to Family Engagement

Pedro Martinez
Superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District
Board Chair, Chiefs for Change

Keri Rodrigues
Founding President, National Parents Union


Kavitha Cardoza
Education Reporter
Member, Education Writers Association