Family Leadership Design Collaborative

Welcome to the Family Leadership Design Collaborative

The Family Leadership Design Collaborative (FLDC) is a national network of 40 scholars, practitioners, and family and community leaders who seek to center racial equity in family engagement┬áby catalyzing an expansive national research agenda and developing “next” (beyond current “best”) practices, measures and tools. We envision family and community wellbeing and educational justice as core aims in work that begins from non-dominant family and community ecologies, creates ongoing transformative possibilities, and builds solidarities towards collective action for racial equity, from early childhood to secondary education.

We mobilize inter-disciplinary and experiential forms of expertise and see families and communities – particularly those marginalized by race, class, language, or immigrant status – as learning experts, co-designers, collaborators, and fellow leaders in the work.

In redesigning family engagement in education, FLDC members are looking to radically change the old model of how education happens.

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About the Collaborative

Who we are. We are a group of over 40 family members, community leaders, educators, and researchers from across the United States, whose work centers racial equity in family engagement. The collaborative reflects a wide range of our cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientations, ages, religions, and social class identities. We belong to and lead early childhood, K-12, and higher education institutions as well as […]

Evolving Core Principles & Objectives

Cultivating Family & Community Wellbeing and Educational Justice Beyond individual achievers who escape their communities to: whole, healthy children in thriving families & communities knowing and practicing culture, being in right relations with lands and waters, understanding power, and self-determination relational, communal, and collective approaches just institutions, policy, and practices Beginning with Family & Community Ecologies From the agendas and priorities of schools and other […]

FLDC Reports & Publications

The FLDC has produced numerous publications and other materials on family engagement. Please take a look at the sections below or click this link for a bibliography of select publications. Reports.   Design Circle Publications.   Research Briefs. Accepting the Challenge: Supporting Early Childhood Education in Greenville, MS Mara Tieken, Joyce Parker, & the Greenville Early Childhood Collaborative   What Does Partnership Taste Like? Reimagining […]

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