Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times
In a policy memo released by the National Education Policy Center and the Family Leadership Design Collaborative, Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times, the authors describe how justice-based approaches to family engagement can enable parents and families, particularly from communities of color, to contribute as fellow leaders in transforming schools and educational systems to better serve all children, families, and communities.
This approach is based on the idea that families and communities possess historical and lived knowledge about how to persist through such challenging times, and that they bring critical expertise to efforts to advance educational justice and community well-being. Such an approach stands in direct contrast to current U.S. policies that are traumatizing young people and harming, criminalizing and separating families.
The Family Leadership Design Collaborative (FLDC) is a national network of scholars, educators, and family and community leaders who work to center racial equity in family engagement. They do this by reimagining how families and communities can create more equitable schools and educational systems.