Kendra Fehrer, PhD

In practice, family engagement encompasses a wide range of activities and initiatives, from parental participation in school governance to at-home learning activities to classroom volunteering. At the Gardner Center, I've worked on several projects exploring the impact of family engagement on student and community outcomes. Each has caused me to reflect deeply on what family engagement really is and why it matters.


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DATE: Friday, September 26  

LOCATION: Stanford University



More students than ever are enrolling in college after high school, but many are not college-ready. Indicator systems that identify students in need of support are an integral piece of the college-readiness puzzle. The CRIS Initiative takes an innovative tri-level approach which provides data at the student, school, and district levels, enabling districts to take a more comprehensive approach to supporting college readiness.


A new Gardner Center literature review, undertaken with support from the College Access Foundation of California, addresses a puzzling phenonmenon. Wide gaps in college enrollment and persistence remain for many Black and Latino boys who reach the end of high school academically prepared for post-secondary education. Our review moves beyond issues of academic preparation to other factors that appear to mediate college access and success for boys and young men of color.

Gardner Center's Prudence Carter speaking at TEDxStanford 2014.

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