How to Build Trust & Sustainable Family-School Engagement

In western Pennsylvania, 31 teams co-led by parents and school staff members are having deep conversations about the purpose of school. Through the “Parents as Allies” initiative, they are building trust, experimenting with innovative family-school engagement strategies and creating powerful support systems for students by bringing parents directly into the conversation with schools. In this panel moderated by Kidsburgh, hear from a parent, principal and superintendent about how they are creating sustainable family-school engagement practices and overcoming barriers to build authentic trust.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Yu-Ling Cheng


Scott Martin

Bentworth School District

Rachel Nagy

California Area School District

Twaina Williams

Expecting Health