Family engagement happens in many ways. Schools often have a narrow view limited to looking at who shows up for conferences. Research clearly shows that family engagement is a predictive factor of student success but it is important to use a wide lens and support all engagement so families with their many schedules can feel encouraged.



Fernandez, E., & Femc-Bagwell, M. (2017, February). "It was a life-threatening problem": Critical moments experienced by parents and (re)framing parental engagement.

Annett, D.A., & Femc-Bagwell, M. (2016) Improving Student Outcomes and Creating a Community School through Innovation, Social Advocacy Engagement, and Parent Engagement

Annett, D.A. (2015)  Why do They Do That?  The Intersection of Cultural Competence, Classroom Behavior and Relationships.

Current Projects


Fernandez, E., & Femc-Bagwell, M., (2017) "Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I See?": Parent Voices of Engagement.

Femc-Bagwell, M. (2017),  An Examination of Teacher Empowerment in CommPACT Schools.