The FCE Network began in 2009 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 75 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. Over the past 2 years we have hosted 2 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. We look forward to expanding the work and connecting Family and Community Engagement District Leaders across the country.