Dr. Michael A. Robinson, CO-CEO of Forest Of The Rain Productions and Leading national expert in the area of parental, community, and civic engagement/involvement discussed parental engagement with a distinguish panel of experts and practitioners.

The panel included Sam Macer, former President of the Maryland PTA, Patricia Fletcher, former Board of Education member for Prince George’s County Public Schools, Charisma Howell, ESQ. a practicing attorney and Parent Facilitator with PLTI of Alexandria (Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria) , and Dr. Yolanda Abel, Assistant Professor with Johns Hopkins University, Department of Education.

The discussion focused on the importance of parental engagement and its impact on student academic achievement. The panel also examined barriers, misconceptions, and challenges parents face while supporting their children academically.

Additionally, this robust discussion included the seldom heard voices of parents, who outlined their definitions, views, and suggestions about the value of parental engagement.

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