Interview with Ann Walsh, Co- Founder and Chief of Family Engagement at 1647. Launched in 2014, 1647 prepares educators to engage families in equal partnerships that are essential to student success.
The 1647 team provides professional development and ongoing coaching to pre-service and in-service school leaders and teachers in a wide range of family engagement practices. Educators work on everything from re-imagining family engagement as an academic strategy, communication best practices, to relationship-building through home visits. To date, 1647 has worked with over 25 schools and nearly 500 educators in districts including Salem, Lawrence, Boston, Milton, Somerville, and Cambridge.
Ann shares common challenges to school-family engagement, what family engagement can and should look like, and 1647’s approach to fostering strong, connected school communities.