NEW DATES: Families & Educators United Conference

(BATON ROUGE) – Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) has announced the new dates for its virtual education conference, which was postponed in response to Hurricane Laura. Families & Educators United: Supporting Our Students will take place September 1-2, 2020. The two-day event will convene parents, students, educators, and community stakeholders in the Baton Rouge area to discuss strategies to enhance and support student learning, development and overall success during and beyond COVID-19. The event is free and open to the public. Interested attendees can learn more and register at www.urecbr.com/preregister.

The virtual conference will feature a panel of local education experts, advocates and Baton Rouge area high school students who will provide information, resources, best practices and testimonials focused on building the capacity of families and educators to partner and support Baton Rouge area students’ learning and development.

The conference will culminate on Wednesday, Sept. 2 with a session entitled “Student Voices Amid the Crisis.” It will highlight local students’ experiences during COVID-19 and social unrest. The full conference schedule is as follows:  

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

11:05 AM
Welcome

11:15 AM
EBRPSS Reopening Blueprint: Back-to-School 2020

12:25 PM
The Importance of Parental Sensitivity and Responsiveness in Creating a Supportive Environment for Children

(Mid-day Break)

3:50 PM
Afternoon Welcome

4:00 PM
Mental Health Awareness:  Recognizing, Responding, Resiliency, and Self-Care

5:05 PM
The Importance of Family Engagement for Educators

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

11:05 AM
Welcome

11:15 AM
Empowering Parents for Virtual Learning: EBRPSS EdTech Team

12:25 PM
Accessing Community Resources

(Mid-day Break)

3:50 PM
Afternoon Welcome

4:00 PM
Relationship Building: Understanding Parent & Teacher Home Bridge Visits

5:05 PM
Student Voices Amid the Crisis

Updated confirmed conference speakers include: Marlon Cousin, community liaison, East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS); Linda Fontenot, Ph.D., educator and consultant; Tanya Griffin, ICARE prevention specialist, EBRPSS; Ashley Castello, ICARE specialist, EBPRPSS; Jacqueline Mims, EDD, Ph.D., clinical director & CEO, Eclectic Cognitive Behavioral Center; Courtney Hunt, consultant, Courtney L. Hunt Coaching & Consulting; Ebony Christophe, executive and clinical director, NIALife Center for Counseling, LLC; Felicia Gathe, Google certification facilitator, EBRPSS; Bonnie Chelette, instructional technology facilitator, EBRPSS; Nikki Washington, technology facilitator, EBRPSS; Gina Martinez-Keddy, executive director, Parent Teacher Home Visits; Yesenia Ramirez, training director and founding parent, Parent Teacher Home Visits; Alex Taylor, high school student; Jayda Woods, high school student; Brian Hilton, high school student; Malaya Crawford, middle school student; Carl Dillon, president & CEO, UREC; and Kathryn Robinson, youth program director, UREC.

About UREC: Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC) is a non-profit community development organization with a mission of “transforming communities by investing in people and restoring neighborhoods.” Its core initiatives in the areas of Affordable Housing, Human Development, and Advocacy & Research center on providing high-quality social, economic and residential opportunities to low to moderate-income families in the Greater Baton Rouge region. Learn more at www.urecbr.com.

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