Keith Robinson, assistant professor of sociology and Population Research Center associate at The University of Texas at Austin, was recently invited by the U.S. Department of Education and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to speak at a two-day symposium exploring “Transformative Family Engagement” July 30-31 at the White House.
As part of the discussion on family engagement in childrens’ academic success, Robinson will discuss his research on the effect of parental involvement on early education, which is detailed in his new book “The Broken Compass,” on July 31.
Findings from his recent study—which has garnered national media exposure in several top publications including NPR, The Atlantic and the Washington Post—show that parents can do more harm than good when helping their children with homework. However, his study did find that parents matter quite a bit, just not in the ways we think. Visit the Life & Letters magazine website to learn more about his research.
Robinson will join a group of field experts—including administration officials, philanthropic partners and family engagement leaders—to expand the conversation about family engagement as a major contributor to children’s school readiness and success.
The goal of the symposium is to better align and leverage strategies, policies and investments that greatly contribute to creating environments in which all children can succeed—from the nation’s capital to communities across the country.
Symposium sponsors include representatives from the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.