Parent Facilitator Training in Springfield, MA


"Powering Up Family/School Partnership Impact"

SMI staff facilitated an exciting day-long training session for school-based Parent Facilitators at the MassMutual Conference Center in Chicopee, MA. Charged with a full array of parent and family engagement efforts in Springfield, the work of a Parent Facilitator requires strong collaboration with parents/families, school and district staff and often many other community partners. Partnering is one of the most effective ways to bring about lasting change in our schools and communities, but some partnership efforts are far more powerful than others. Participants explored new ideas and experienced hands-on activities designed to build strong, successful connections as well as help navigate the “push and pull” challenges that come up in the Parent Facilitator role.


  • Participate in fun teambuilding and relationship development within your team.
  • Address organizational change and potential areas of impact.
  • Clarify the emerging role(s) of Parent Facilitators and what it means to be “Partnership Builders”.
  • Take away strategies on how to work more effectively with parents, teachers, community partners, and school and district leadership.
  • Identify power dynamics and how to navigate “push and pull” challenges.
  • Take away tips and techniques that will help you be a better partner and facilitator of change!





Nonprofit Empowerment Summit | June 3, 2014 | Evaluation Summary

A Nonprofit Executive Empowerment Summit, designed to strengthen organizations and collaborations in the nonprofit world, was held in Washington DC.   School & Main’s Executive Director, Andy Beck, was a featured speaker.  The session broke new ground on non profit collaboration and participants were very positive in their evaluations. A sample follows...

I was impressed with Andy’s presence on the panel and his recognition of the importance of knowing whose responsibility (or job) it is to collaborate, and the problems with holding people responsible.  I copied down his five points, and the one that resonated most with me was "self-interest is not a dirty word."  Job well done!



The 2014 Nonprofit Empowerment Summit, Washington D.C.

June 3, 2014, Andy Beck will be a featured speaker at The 2014 Nonprofit Empowerment Summit in Washington D.C.

A Nonprofit Executive Empowerment Summit to strengthen the sector and lift up conversations aimed at effecting positive outcomes for our community.
  • Fostering connection points between organizational strategies, philanthropic strategies and cause caring
  • Building well-connected, systems-rich, deep community collaboration to address vital issues
  • Bridging Leadership Transition and Succession Planning to Sustainability & Innovation




New England Training Series | May 19, 2014

School & Main Institute is presenting cutting-edge coursework for people who make a difference for youth and their communities.

Three courses to choose from:

  • Developing Powerful Partnerships: Strategies that Work
  • Doing More with Less: Staying strong in Tough Times
  • Collaborating with Schools

For more information and to register, click here.





The New Opportunity to Lead: A vision for education in Massachusetts in the next 20 years

School & Main Istitute is providing training and technical assistance for the Massachusetts Wraparound Zone Initiative. Keep reading to find out about all the ways education is being improved in Massachusetts.

In 2014 the leaders of the state—business people, educators, social entrepreneurs, community leaders and politicians across the spectrum—created and embraced the new opportunity to lead. They set a goal to be the best in the world.

6 Gaps: The Challenges Facing Massachusetts
  • The Employability Gap 
  • The Knowledge Gap 
  • The Achievement Gap 
  • The Opportunity Gap 
  • The Global Gap 
  • The Top Talent Gap

 Whole System reform + Systemic Innovation + Effective Implementation

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In a Nutshell

Founded in 1985 at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, School & Main Institute (SMI) has grown into a nationally recognized, independent non-profit training and partnership development organization that has worked with organizations and state agencies in more than 35 states.


School & Main Institute staff and faculty have years of expertise as organizational leaders, program developers, trainers, and facilitators in the fields of education, workforce preparation, youth and community development.

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