The Institute for Educational Leadership’s Learning Labs are study tours hosted by a network member. They provide an opportunity for District Leaders to learn from peers who’ve successfully applied family and community engagement (FCE) strategies within their districts. Participants examine key structures and practices within a local context and connect with local partners, staff families and district leadership, sharing lessons learned and key challenges on the road to improving systemic family and community engagement.
Though each Learning Lab is slightly different, they all contain similiar elements. This includes:
The 2017 Learning Lab was hosted by Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada on October 30 - November 1, 2017. With the support of former Education Week Leaders to Learn From Michele Brooks and D'Lisa Crain, Washoe Schools Superintedent Traci Davis, and Washoe County School District staff, participants learned how to collect data on FCE efforts as well as best practices for integration. Overall, it was a dynamic experience.