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The DUDEs "Re" Evolution: Why DUDEs Matter in Schools

Regardless of age, education, or race, women volunteer more than their male counterparts. Volunteering (or engaging) in schools follows the same trend. School involvement is designed and has been monopolized by females (teachers, caregivers, etc.) Yet, research tells us that positive male role models are vital to a child’s development. This emphasizes the need for repairing male relationships with schools as we continue to ask men (fathers, father figures, uncles, granddads, etc.) to be more engaged. We must address the history of the gender imbalance in education and work to restore this relationship, consequently engaging more positive male role models in our school communities and creating meaningful connections for kids, one high five at a time (or in Covid-Time, one elbow bump at a time). The DUDEs In Schools is an initiative designed to help father/father figures find their "place" in school communities. It is built upon the ideals of repairing, encouraging, and connecting.

This talk was presented at:
2022 National ESEA Conference
February 2022 in New Orleans, LA
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Amanda Ensor

Amanda Ensor is a content expert and passionate educational leader with 20 years of experience in public education. Currently, Amanda serves as the Title I Family Engagement Specialist for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Amanda has developed and led professional development on topics that greatly impact all stakeholders in education and most importantly, student success. The topics include: Authentic Family and Community Engagement, The “Best” Approach to EL Family Engagement, Boosting Inclusive and Equitable Language in Schools (A Language of Hope), Rethinking the Impact of Poverty in Schools, Diversifying Classroom Libraries, Promoting Gender Equity in Schools, Engaging Fathers/Father Figures in School, and The Impact of Mindfulness in the Classroom (Self-Care for Teachers and Students). She has been a leader at the state and national level as a featured presenter for organizations such as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), and National Association of Family School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE).