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Culturally Responsive Family Engagement



Originally presented on March 9, 2022




This training will provide participants with a greater understanding of culturally responsive family engagement practices. Participants will learn about culture, how children develop within the context of their cultures, and how current models of family engagement need a more inclusive understanding about what it means to build authentic relationships from families from a variety of cultures. Finally, strategies for engaging families will be provided.


Learners will:

  • Describe culture, including the relationship between culture and child development.
  • Identify key barriers that prevent professionals from fully engaging families from a variety of cultures.
  • Identify strategies for engaging families from different cultural backgrounds.


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



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*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.


Dr. Ebonyse Mead is a Clinical Instructor in the Birth to Kindergarten program at Georgia Southern University. Prior to this, she worked at the state level promoting racial equity in early childhood by providing training on diversity, inclusion, and equity with a focus on implicit bias, racial socialization, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce in North Carolina. Ebonyse is a Certified Family Life Educator and holds a Doctor of Education in Early Childhood from Concordia University Chicago. She earned a Master of Arts in Human Service Counseling also from Concordia and completed a second Master’s of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Jen Neitzel is the Executive Director of the Educational Equity Institute, which is focused on eliminating the educational and opportunity gaps within communities through systems level change. Prior to this work, Jen was a Research Scientist and Technical Assistance Provider at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. During her time at FPG, her work focused on implicit bias; disparities in suspensions and expulsions; trauma; and culturally responsive anti-bias practices. Jen presents frequently at state and national conferences and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She also is the author of the book Achieving Equity and Justice in Education through the Work of Systems Change.

Ebonyse Mead, EdD

President, Educational Equity Institute



Jen Neitzel, PhD

President, Educational Equity Institute