Now accepting applications for Cohort 2!

About the Program

When schools engage parents and families, students do better at school. We're seeking a diverse group of educators who want to be leaders of Family Engagement in their schools. Over the course of five months, this cohort of school staff from across South Dakota will convene to learn about the power of true school and family partnerships, reflect on current practices in their work environments, and create activities that facilitate school, family, and community engagement. Participants will grow to become Family Engagement Champions, while creating lasting and professional friendships with other cohort members. Download the flyer.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, we will ensure that the meeting space has room for social distancing. All participants will be required to wear face masks at face-to-face meetings. 


  • Participants will define successful school, family, and community partnerships
  • Participants will identify strengths and needs of their schools for family engagement
  • Participants will create school teams to assist in implementing family engagement activities
  • Participants will establish an action plan to improve school, family, and community partnerships moving forward at their schools


  • Any school staff is encouraged to apply, including but not limited to teachers, counselors, librarians, paraprofessionals, clerical staff, and custodians.
  • We highly encourage teams of two from a school to apply, but singletons will also be considered.
  • All applicants must have the support of a principal or administrator to approve leave for meetings and assist with implementation of Family Engagement activities.
  • Participants must attend all meetings:

Monday, January 11

9 AM – 4 PM Central (Face-to-Face in Pierre)

Monday, February 22

5 – 6:30 PM Central (Virtual)

Monday, March 15

9 AM – 4 PM Central (Face-to-Face in Pierre)

Monday, April 26

5 – 6:30 PM Central (Virtual)

Monday, June 7

9 AM – 4 PM Central (Face-to-Face in Pierre)J

  • All travel expenses, including mileage and meals will be reimbursed. Hotel rooms in Pierre will be provided.
  • Participants who complete all meetings and assignments will receive a stipend of $500.
  • CEUs or Grad Credits will be available.
  • Participants will build lasting friendships and connections with educators from across the state.

Deadline to apply: December 2

Participants notified by: December 16