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Family Engagement Updates-February




Greetings! E(ngagement) Updates keep you informed of the latest Family and Community Engagement dates, resources, news and information. Please share with your families, schools, partners and districts!


Key Dates



Black History Month


Career and Technical Education Month


National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 8

Practical and Effective Strategies for Parent and Family Engagement webinar 1:00 p.m. EST

February 8-12

National PTA Safer Internet Week

February 9-23

Reframing The Conversation: How To Talk About Family & Community Engagement webinar series 11:30 a.m. EST

February 10

Supporting Families through Best Practice webinar 2:30 p.m. EST

February 14

Valentine’s Day

February 17-19

Virtual Beyond School Hours Conference




Each year in observance of Black History Month, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis host a special opportunity for Florida’s K-12 students to participate in an academic and creative essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and school leaders are invited to nominate educators for the Excellence in Education Award. More information will be available at




The State of Florida funds Reading Scholarship Accounts for struggling readers with a $500 scholarship that can be used for tutoring and other services. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received. For additional information, please email, or call at 887-735-7837.

2021 Formula AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity, through Volunteer Florida, addresses critical community needs such as: educational support, veteran services, public land conservation, disaster response and more. Member activities include tutoring and mentoring underserved students, supporting veterans and military families, sustaining state parks, and rebuilding after natural disasters. Application Deadline: March 8, 2021.

For more about AmeriCorps and the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, technical assistance webinars will be held February 9, at 10 am (ET) for continuation applicants and 2 pm (ET) for new and recompete applicants. To register for the continuation webinar, please click here. To register for the new/recompete webinar, please click here. Also, join the Creating Strong Narratives webinar on February 16 and the AmeriCorps Budget 101 webinar on February 18. To register for this application webinar series, please click here. For questions regarding AmeriCorps or the funding process, please contact





·        33 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond provided by We Are Teachers

·        Black History Month Lessons & Resources provided by National Education Association

·        Black History Month Resource Collection provided by Facing History and Ourselves

·        Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol provided by Common Sense Media

·        Teacher Toolkit ~ Communicating with Families

Recorded Webinar Session:

·        Learning in a Pandemic: Resources to Support Students provided by US Department of Education


·        Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture provided by Reading Rockets

·        Dating Matters Toolkit: Strategies To Promote Health Teen Relationships provided by the Centers for Disease Control

·        Remote Learning: Is it Causing Your Kid to Fall Behind in School? provided by City Dads Group

·        Teaching Your Child About Black History Month provided by PBS for Parents


·        African American History Task Force ~ Hillsborough County Schools

·        2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival ~ Association for the Study of African American Life and History

·        The Black Archives ~ Florida A&M University


·        ‘I Know I’m Not Alone’: The Importance of Mentors Right Now provided by The New York Times

·        Some Schools are Volunteering More Than Usual During the Pandemic provided by Track it Forward

·        School Volunteerism Guide provided by Track it Forward



TIP OF THE MONTH ~ Visit the Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force webpage for frequent news, events and information on the history of African peoples and the contributions of African Americans to society.




Lori Hughes is the Coordinator for District Parent Engagement, Community Involvement, Achievement/Opportunity Gap, Volunteering, Mentoring and Social Studies Support for Walton County Public School District. She was fortunate to move into this role after many years serving under Federal Programs as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA). Lori finds the outpouring of support for schools and districts from state governing offices remarkable. She strongly believes in the students of Walton County and strives each day to advocate for any and all opportunities that foster positive environments and lead to bright futures. While the pandemic has called for innovative strategies within the district, Lori believes these strategies helped districts make stronger connections with all students. She enjoys projects that include facilitating partnerships with community agencies and grant writing for programs within her district. One of her most rewarding outcomes in writing grants is obtaining a $50,000 grant to fund schools and implement Telehealth mental health services for children impacted by short and long-term school closures due to COVID-19. Lori finds it inspiring to lend a hand in facilitating a partnership with Pan-Care Health provide on-campus Telehealth services in Title I schools. Thanks to these services, the school health nurse consults with PanCare Health medical professionals through the use of telecommunication technology which makes healthcare for students more convenient and accessible, avoids delays in treatment, and enhances learning by decreasing absenteeism. When away from the office, Lori enjoys reading, gardening, and vegan cooking classes. She is also a huge Prince fan! Her favorite quote is, "If you don't understand yourself, you don't understand anybody else." Thank you, Lori, for understanding and assisting Florida's students and families!


Contact Us

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Contact your Family and Community Engagement Team:

Bonita Hampton, Director,, 850-245-0842

Jazmine Mizzell, Program Specialist,, 850-245-3266

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