Expert slated to discuss impact of family help on student success

Anne Henderson
Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson, a nationally recognized expert on engaging families and the community in early childhood programs, will be the headliner at the Academic Distinction Fund’s upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series.

Henderson will be speaking on the relationship between families and schools and the impact that relationship has on a student’s success in school and throughout life.

The April 3 program is free and open to the public and will be held at L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge, 777 L’Auberge Ave. Check-in is from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the presentation is from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Email or call (225) 293-3345.

“If you want children to succeed, Henderson knows the answers,” says ADF Board Chairman Matt Saurage.

The presentation, “High Impact Strategies to Improve Student Achievement: Engaging Families and the Community in Early Childhood Programs,” has been created from Henderson’s extensive work in the field of parental engagement.

Since 1981, Henderson has steadily tracked how research and effective practices in the engagement of families in a student’s life can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.

In the past 25 years, Henderson has authored and co-authored several articles, reports, handouts and books.

Her best-selling book, “Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships,” was written in partnership with Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson and Don Davies.

Henderson is a senior consultant with the Community Organizing and Engagement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses and the community and acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public education in East Baton Rouge public school system.