Mr. Arenas has worked for the Alameda County Office of Education since 2014. During his tenure, he created one of California’s first county facilitated Family Engagement Networks. FEN is a professional learning community focused on building the capacity of district, school, and community organizations across the county’s 18 school districts. Jason provides technical assistance, capacity-building and, coaching in partnership with districts around creating a strategic plan and processes aligned to California’s public education funding formula designed to support disenfranchised students and their families.
In her position as Communications and Engagement Officer, Ms. Burney directs the supporting of parents and families in developing strong home/school relationships, fostering business and community partnerships; and also spearheads stakeholder engagement efforts, including the facilitation of focus groups, community task forces, and other public meetings to inform district-level policies and initiatives.
As a member of IEL’s Senior Leadership Team, Mr. Rollins guides IEL’s portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders with a particular emphasis on Family and Community Engagement, Early Childhood Education and Community-based Leadership Development. Mr. Rollins directs the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement and Leaders for Today and Tomorrow, an initiative that designs and delivers professional learning and support opportunities for school and district leaders. He has years of experience working with local communities and state agencies to improve cross-sector collaboration and service delivery systems supporting children, youth and families.
Dr. Sutton has been instrumental in advancing the district’s parent, family & community engagement focus, beliefs, strategies and transformative practices. She has devoted over 24 years to the field of education with a record of professional service as a classroom teacher, university director, assistant professor, and state education agency consultant. Dr. Sutton serves on state and national committees such as REL Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, and the Institute of Educational Leadership’s District Leadership Network Advisory Board.
Dr. Chrishirella Warthen-Sutton’s presentation on the Racine Unified School District (PowerPoint)
District-Wide Strategies for Meaningful Engagement (PDF)
Measuring Your Family-School-Community Partnerships (PDF)
ESSA Evidence Based Guide for Student-Family Engagement (PDF)
Specific Family Engagement Strategies for Early Childhood Programs (PDF)
Specific Family Engagement Strategies for Elementary Schools (PDF)
Specific Family Engagement Strategies for Middle and High Schools (PDF)
High Impact Family Engagement to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism (PDF)
High Impact Family Engagement In After School Programs (PDF)