Presented by: Dee Dee Harrison, FACE Coordinator, Bakersfield City School District; Kotanya Kimbrough-Hubbard, Instructional Specialist, Bakersfield City School District

The research is clear that children are more likely to succeed in school when parents are engaged in their learning. Join Bakersfield City School District, Family Engagement Team as they share successful ways for creating strong PARENTSHIPS.

PARENTSHIPS is about the various ways that parent engagement staff can effectively recruit parents to participate in their schools, establish the importance of their family engagement “Brand” and navigate all of the complex relationships that come with working with parents.

In this session participants will:

  • Develop an Action Plan creating conditions that promote positive parent engagement, share best practices on ways to recruit and retain parents.
  • Establish a Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E) Brand in their district/school by building a positive reputation and with clear expectations.

During the session, participants may be asked to share their experiences, strategies, or suggestions, as well as do some personal reflections. Participants will also be given materials in which they can take back with them to enhance their family engagement practices at their school or district.

Join the “PARENTSHIPS” session on November 21, 2019, at the Millennium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles to support family engagement at your school. Register here.


Dee Dee Harrison – Bakersfield City School District has received state and national awards for their family engagement programs. We look forward to sharing some of those best practices on engaging parents and families at schools and/or districts. As an educator for the past 25 years, I have dedicated my work and practice to creating purposeful opportunities for parents to connect with their child’s school, district, and community. Join us as we share with you how the value of relationships benefit the learning environment for children, and partnerships between other parents and school staff are essential in making schools a warm and welcoming environment for thriving learners.

Kotanya Kimbrough professionally, has been in education for the past 22 years with 18 years of classroom experience, two years coaching, and two years as an instructional specialist in Family And Community Engagement. Personally she is wife, sister, stepmother, and motivational and inspirational speaker and coach.