The FCE Network began in 2009 as the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement with only 6 District Leaders. Under the guidance of the Institute for Educational Leadership and its planning partners (Jane Quinn, Children's Aid Society; Karen Mapp, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and, Anne Henderson; Annenberg Institute for School Reform), the Network has grown to over 125 school districts around the country.
Crafted to be a PEER Network, the current District Leader members highlight the importance of the Network and sustaining it. Leaders are working together to move family and community engagement from "Nice to Necessary," in all school districts. We have hosted national meetings at the IEL offices as well as the Network's first Learning Lab in Boston - May 2011 to provide professional development and introduce best practices.
In 2014, the District Leaders Network became housed within a broader FCE Network -- a network comprised of educators, parent advocates, community organizers, students and others that make family and community engagement a priority. We hope this network will be useful and relevant and build connections between those who are engaged in family and community engagement across the country. Most recently, we hosted the 2014 National Family and Community Engagement Conference to unite family and community engagement stakeholders across the country face-to-face. The District Leaders Network held their own pre-meeting and played prominent roles as speakers and moderators throughout the Conference.The conference brought together 500 people from various networks concerned with enhancing and expanding opportunities for ALL children and strengthening partnerships to improve engagement at all levels.