For nearly a decade, With Equal Step has built the capacity of parents to support their children’s learning. Our years working in education, and training with international leaders in this field, mean we have the skills and knowledge to help build meaningful home-school partnerships.
Researchers around the world tell us that when families are engaged in their children’s education, students do better. But what does that look like? And how do we support it? Whether you’re an educator, parent leader or community agency, we’re here to help.
What We Do
With Equal Step has been working with staff and families over a decade, building effective school-home partnerships.
We are passionate about improving student achievement through meaningful family engagement.
With Equal Step works with educators looking to:
Understand the core beliefs of family engagement
Embed the practice in their curriculum
Create a systemic approach to engagement throughout the school
Design culturally relevant and responsive FE practices
Training for pre-service teachers
& School Councils
Workshops focus on:
SC 101 - creating effective councils
engaging families in learning
linking council activities to school SIPs
With Equal Step works with community groups to:
Create and deliver workshops
Help engage families in their children's learning
Build family capabilities as first teacher, mentor and advocate
Nancy Angevine-Sands, B.Ed, OCT, has worked as a family engagement specialist for over 10 years. In that role, she has designed and delivered training seminars for educators and staff, councils, and Parent Involvement Committees; provided mediation for councils struggling to build partnerships; and partnered with community groups in the development and facilitation of workshops for immigrant families.
Nancy understands the numerous possibilities available to those looking to engage families in education. She believes that authentic and meaningful engagement will positively affect student achievement.
In addition to Ontario training, Nancy has completed two professional development programs at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and trained with the National Network of Partnership Schools and Dr. Joyce Epstein (John’s Hopkins University).
Kim is a coordinator and the inclusive education resource at Extend-A-Family Toronto. She has supported children and youth with disabilities to develop meaningful relationships and encourage participation in the community. She is also a parent and parent-advocate. Kim’s passion concerning education, advocacy, parental involvement and inclusion stems from shifts in her personal life. Kim works from a strength based approach and believes strongly in building positive relationships with the school community.