Leaders for Increasing Voice in Education (LIVE)

About the LIVE Program

The LIVE (Leaders for Increasing Voice in Education) program is a series of opportunities for participants in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s student, family, and community engagement initiative to strengthen relationships, increase knowledge, and hone skills within and across their communities. This year’s program is designed to:

  • Build connections across a network of communities and school districts working to sustain equitable community engagement.

  • Explore ways to align their day-to-day practices with their long-range vision for equitable engagement.

Throughout this year’s LIVE sessions, participants will explore the four indicators of sustainable community-engagement—voice and shared power, capacity-building, collective ownership, and infrastructure and mutual accountability—and learn how to embed related strategies into their everyday work.


LIVE Calendar and Registration

Check out the event calendar below, and save the dates in your calendar! Additional event details and registration information will be distributed via email well in advance of each event. Keep an eye on your inbox!

 

C4 Bragfest + Sustainability Workshop #1  |  Monday + Tuesday, October 21-22, 2019 

  • Time: Monday, October 21, 2019  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Tuesday, October 22, 2019  8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area  | 100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT

This event will celebrate the achievements of Cohort 4—Middletown Public Schools, CT; The Consolidated School District of New Britain, CT; and Project LEARN, Lowell, MA—as they prepare to transition out of the NMEF community-engagement initiative. In addition to learning from an informal showcase by the outgoing communities, participants will interact with resources and strategies to apply in their own engagement work at home. Through GSP- and/or community-led sessions and facilitated work time, participants also will have hands-on opportunities to refine their vision and plans for sustaining their engagement efforts over time. This event is open to all initiative participants (including exited sites) and is especially appropriate for communities that have recently or are about to sunset in the NMEF community-engagement initiative. Learn more here.

Site Visit #1: Lawrence Public Schools  |  Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Lawrence Heritage State Park | 1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

This summer, in response to advocacy from students, families, and staff from the Lawrence Public Schools, the Lawrence school board approved a groundbreaking set of policies to amplify student and family voice. In addition to exploring these new policies, you’ll hear directly from the Lawrence team who led the charge. Local leaders will share how they decided to pursue policy as a lever for sustainability, the strategies they used to set up the policies for adoption, the lessons they are learning about implementation, and their plans for next steps. And you’ll have opportunities to consider implications and possibilities for your own community-engagement work.

Districts are encouraged to bring teams of 2-3 people to facilitate the one-on-one connections and small group conversations that make a site visit such a rich experience. Learn more here.


Better Together 2020: Connect, Learn, and Recharge   Monday, January 13, 2020

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lowell Community Health Center | 161 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA 01852

This gathering will bring together teams from across New England to connect with one another, learn and share engagement strategies and stories, and recharge their engagement work locally.


Community-Engagement PLG  |  Monday, March 23, 2020 – CANCELED

  • Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Four Points by Sheraton | Norwood, MA

This professional learning group (PLG) is tailored to the needs of districts and communities who are planning and/or implementing significant, equity-driven school-community engagement work, including those who have recently exited or are about to exit the NMEF community-engagement initiative. Participants will collaborate across communities to share dilemmas and trouble-shoot self-identified aspects of their community-engagement approach. Participants also will be supported in crafting a plan for session attendance during the School Redesign in Action conference, which begins at 1 p.m., following this workshop. Learn more here.

 

Engagement Strand at School Redesign in Action Conference | Monday, March 23 + Tuesday, March 24, 2020- CANCELED

  • For the most up-to-date information on conference, visit the conference’s webpage

  • Location: Four Points by Sheraton | Norwood, MA


Site Visit #2: New Bedford Public Schools  |  Monday, April 6, 2020  (postponed)

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: New Bedford Whaling Museum | 18 Johnny Cake Hill | New Bedford, MA 02744

The site visit is a facilitated experience that will allow participants to interact first-hand with the people, programs, practices, and structures that enable equitable school-community engagement in a given community. Participants will be able to reflect on how to leverage the day’s learning in their communities and schools.

 

C5 Bragfest  |  May 5, 2020

  • Time: Exact times TBD.
  • Location: TBD. 

This culminating event will celebrate the achievements of Cohort 5 as they prepare to transition out of the NMEF community-engagement initiative. In addition to an informal showcase by the outgoing communities, participants will interact with resources and strategies to apply in their own engagement work at home. This gathering is an opportunity for school-community coalition members to connect with other teams, learn and share engagement strategies and stories, and recharge their engagement work locally. All current and exited initiative sites are invited to participate. Coaches will be on-hand to support participant learning and take part in reflection activities about our shared experiences in the initiative over the past several years.


Logistics

All event registrations are free for members of Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s student, family, and community engagement initiative. We encourage Cohorts 4 and 5 to use this year’s grant award to cover travel and other expenses. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if costs become a factor in deciding who may be able to participate. We want to ensure that everybody who wants to attend these professional learning and networking events is able to do so.


Questions or ideas about the LIVE program? Reach out to Glennys Sanchez, senior associate at Great Schools Partnership, at gsanchez@greatschoolspartnership.org.