Key Trends in 2024
School-Family Dynamics

April 18 at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT

Fewer than 40% of families report receiving regular communication from schools on how to support their child’s success.

We are determined to change that! This webinar will help districts take steps to improve family engagement.

A roundtable of K-12 education experts will provide a walkthrough of the 2024 School-Family Communications Report. They will discuss the report’s findings and insights gleaned, explore the crucial themes that are shaping K-12 school-family dynamics, and provide practical approaches to improve school-family engagement.

You will learn:

  • What the survey of 1,082 families told us about school-family engagement
  • Ways to proactively increase student attendance
  • The types of tailored communication families need and are requesting
  • How schools can become collaboration hubs for engagement

Key Trends in 2024
School-Family Dynamics

April 18 at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT

Meet the Speakers

Headshot of Dr. Kara Stern.
Dr. Kara Stern
Director, Education and Engagement, SchoolStatus

When she was in 2nd grade, Dr. Kara Stern decided she wanted to be a teacher. Her commitment to education never waivered. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Stern began her career as a high school English teacher, later becoming a middle school principal, Executive Director of Math for America, and education content strategist for EdTech marketing teams. A writer and contributor to many publications, Dr. Stern is an education thought leader, creating K-12 resources for teachers and principals. She was a Klingenstein Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning from NYU. Dr. Stern brings her knowledge and advocacy for consistent, data-driven school communications to SchoolStatus. Outside academia, Dr. Stern indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

Headshot of Joy Smithson.
Dr. Joy Smithson
Data Scientist, SchoolStatus

Dr. Joy Smithson is a Data Scientist at SchoolStatus, where she works with districts all over the country to help educators use data to inform decisions and support student success. Dr. Smithson sees her role as a dual mission: understanding educators’ pressing research questions, and translating vast datasets into actionable insights to address those queries. Dr. Smithson leverages her expertise in analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, visualizing, and wrangling data to support educators and create better outcomes for students.

Headshot of Grace Spencer.
Grace Spencer
Product Manager, SchoolStatus

Grace Spencer is a passionate attendance expert who helped build School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A) over 25 years, including the Attention2Attendance (A2A) product. As VP of Product Management for SchoolStatus Attend, Grace leverages her depth of experience and belief in the value of education for all children to inform product development and expansion. Grace has worked in partnership with districts and has seen the crucial link between student achievement and attendance. As a parent, she values the role of education and advocates for increased family involvement and equitable communications for all.