Lessons from the Field: Family & Community Engagement and Returning to In-Person Instruction

Event Date: 
April 28, 2021 - 03:00pm to 04:00pm EDT

Attention: Education Agencies, Education Providers and Family & Community Engagement Staff

The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, other places of educational instruction, describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) hosted the next webinar, Family & Community Engagement and Returning to In-Person Instruction.

This informative webinar featured practitioners with notable success in effective strategies for engaging families and communities while re-opening schools following the pandemic. Following a brief overview of the latest information from the U.S. Department of Education related to family engagement, practitioners shared promising practices and effective strategies for meaningful family and community engagement.


  • Christian Rhodes: Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jessica Cardichon: Deputy Assistant Secretary for K-12, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
  • Tina Hike-Hubbard: Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)
  • Brandon Pinkney: Principal, Walter P. Carter Elementary/ Middle School, Baltimore, MD

Webinar Materials

Related Documents

To access information and archived materials from previous Lessons from the Field webinars, go here.