Harness the Power of Partnerships for Student Engagement and Achievement

Presented by:

Dr. Debbie Zacarian

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Teaching effectively in diverse classrooms and building strong family-school partnerships is more complex than ever - particularly when our student and family communities represent dynamically changing cultural, linguistic, racial, and economic experiences that are different from our own. During this interactive institute, we will explore scientifically proven methods for tapping into the rich resources of teachers, students, families, the school community and the community-at-large and how this approach leads to successful outcomes for all involved. Specifically, we will explore how to:

  • Build coalitions of support around student learning and engagement
  • Develop positive and active relationships with students, their families and their communities
  • Foster positive, reciprocal partnerships
  • Promote peer-to-peer relationship building
  • Support inclusive practices for the entire community of students and families

PK-12 ESL, bilingual, classroom teachers, content teachers, specialists, coaches, supervisors and
administrators as well as teacher educators from higher education institutions and professional
developers involved with preservice and inservice work.


Dr. Debbie Zacarian is known for her work in advancing student achievement. Her explanations of current research into practical instructional, leadership, family-school engagement, and strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced. With three decades of combined experience as a district administrator of English learner programming, university faculty member, and educational service agency administrator, she founded Zacarian & Associates. She wrote the user-friendly guide, Serving English Learners: laws, policies, and regulations, for Colorín Colorado with support from the Carnegie Foundation.  She has written many state and district policies including the Massachusetts Early Education and Care policies for dual language learners.  In partnership with Corwin Press, she also developed the Apple APP Corwin TeachALL for teachers, coaches, and supervisors of diverse learners.  Her books include: Mastering Academic Language: a framework for supporting student achievement; Transforming Schools for English learners: a comprehensive framework for school leaders; The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners; and Teaching English Language Learners across the content areas.  This PCI is based on her most recent book, In it Together: advancing equity, access and engagement with students, families, and community (Zacarian & Silverstone, 2015).