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Documentary Project: America's Promise

Michele Stephenson and Joseph Brewster, Rada Film Group

category: practice

tags: parenting, race, education

Conference

June 2011

What does it take to overcome the racial achievement gap? Michele Stephenson and Joseph Brewster discuss this question in their documentary film, Achievement Gap. This film follows two African American boys in Brooklyn and looks at what it takes to overcome the racial achievement gap in education. The filmmakers also discuss the powerful role of documentary film in social movements.


Communication Strategies for Reaching Parents Panel Discussion

Lead Questioner: Joe Blatt, Harvard Graduate School of Education

category: practice

tags:

Conference

June 2011


Framing Public Discourse on Parenting

Tiffany Manuel, Frameworks Institute

category: practice

tags: parenting, community, social change, public policy

Conference

June 2011

Tiffany Manuel discusses framing parental practice for public engagement and social change. She highlights key challenges to framing parental practice, including the fact that discourse related to education is often times myopic, looking only at extremes. Manuel also believes a key to framing is to draw back the lens and enable people to understand the full context of parental practice; this context includes not just the parents but also the housing situation, healthcare, and community resources available.


Synthesis and Remarks

Heather Weiss, Harvard Family Research Project

category: research, practice

tags: parenting, community

Conference

June 2011

Heather Weiss discusses the importance of parent, family, and community engagement to enhance learning and strategies to achieve systemic change. She reframes the definition of PFCE to include shared responsibility, continuity, and context.