Welcome to the FLDC

The Family Leadership Design Collaborative is a national network of 40 scholars, practitioners, and family and community leaders who seek to center racial equity in family engagement by 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.

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 dominant institutions to:

  • the knowledge, priorities, and agendas of nondominant families & communities
  • histories of resistance and transformation
  • diversity of familial relations
  • communities as dynamic, multidimensional
  • education as more than schooling

Creating On-Going Transformative Possibilities

Beyond naming and describing inequities to:

  • envisioning change that recognizes inequities as shaped by history and power
  • transforming power between communities and schools
  • drawing across disciplines and theories
  • evolving new language towards educational justice

Building Solidarities in Collective Change-Making

From objective research on communities to:

  • “how can” questions to envision beyond our existing systems and structures
  • “here and now” relationships that realize the change we wish to see in the world
  • building solidarities across and with difference
  • linking education to other systemic inequities
  • enacting transformative and consequential forms of learning and activity