Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit

September 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Debbie Pushor – Professor Emerita @ University of Saskatchewan Canada
Debbie Pushor, Ph.D., is a mother of three adult sons, Cohen, Quinn, and Teague, and a former public school teacher, consultant, principal and central services administrator. She is currently Professor Emerita at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, Canada. In her program of research, Debbie has engaged in narrative inquiries into family engagement and leadership, a curriculum of parents, parent knowledge, and systematic parent engagement. In her undergraduate and graduate teaching, Debbie’s life work has been to make central an often absent or underrepresented conversation about the positioning of families in relation to school landscapes.

Debbie has published two books with her graduate students: 1) Portals of Promise: Transforming Beliefs and Practices through a Curriculum of Parents, 2) Living as Mapmakers: Charting a Course with Children Guided by Parent Knowledge, and has a third book in press: Fires of Change: A Year of Systematic Parent Engagement. She has also produced a video series called Care as a Bridge Between Us: Living a Philosophy and Pedagogy of Parent and Teacher Engagement, and a podcast series called School Interrupted. If you are interested in learning more about Debbie’s work, please visit her website at debbiepushor.ca.

Register for 2023 Summit

The Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit is a free day of professional learning and connecting virtually with those dedicated to advancing effective family-school-community partnerships across Ohio and beyond. Hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University, this Summit brings research to action by providing schools, families, and community partners with the tools they need to work together to launch all children to success. If you are a teacher, administrator, family liaison, parent/caregiver, or community partner looking for opportunities to evolve your practice to break through barriers to authentic and impactful partnerships, this summit is for you! The 2023 Summit will be on September 22, 2023. This is a virtual event on Zoom from 9 AM – 3 PM ET.

Schedule at a Glance (PDF)

9:00-9:15                   Welcome

9:15-10:15                  Keynote

10:30-11:30                Concurrent Sessions #1

11:30-12:00                Lunch

12:00-12:30                Student Panel

For the afternoon, you can choose to attend either one 2-hour workshop, or two shorter 1- hour concurrent sessions.

12:45-3:00                  Workshops


12:45-1:45                  Concurrent Sessions #2

2:00-3:00                    Concurrent Sessions #3

Note: All session times are listed in Eastern Time.