Toolkit: Cultures and Voices
Minnesota Humanities Center Resources

Absent Narratives Resource Collection
The Minnesota Humanities Center’s Absent Narratives Resource Collection is a searchable database of ready-to-use videos, teacher guides and readings that will support your efforts to include Absent Narratives in your classroom and workplace. Items included in the resource collection have been created or developed by the Humanities Center and its partners. For an overview of the resources that can be found in the collection, visit the Minnesota Humanities Center website.

Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives: Documentary
The Minnesota Humanities Center, in collaboration with Northwest Suburban Integration School District and St. Paul Neighborhood Network, developed this documentary which highlights family stories and experiences around family engagement with schools. Using Epstein’s model as inspiration, the documentary explores how these parents intersect with schools and provides backgrounds for educators as to the types of experiences that families bring to school engagement. Knowledge of these different experiences should inspire teachers to seek out opportunities and generate new ideas and approaches that allow for the multiplicity of community stories like these to emerge.

Watch Part I on Youtube.
Run time: 28 minutes.
Content: Introduction to Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives by Superintendent of NWSISD Mark Robertson
Segment 2: Parent Narratives: Honoring our Children as Learners
Segment 3: Engaged Parenting
Segment 4: Valuing Learning in the Home

Watch Part II on YouTube.
Run Time: 33 minutes 18 seconds.
Content: Segment 5: Engaging Parents in Decision Making
Segment 6: Meaningful Engagement
Segment 7: Healthy Communities
Segment 8: An Invitation …
 
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Increasing Parent Engagement Through Absent Narratives: Facilitator’s Guide
This guide is meant to be used in conjunction with the documentary, Increasing Parent Engagement through Absent Narratives. It provides thoughtful and engaging large and small group discussion questions, activities, self-reflection, and goal-setting exercises for use with the documentary. It is ideal for use on a professional development day or staff meeting.
 
Increase Family Engagement Through Absent Narratives: Online Course
The Minnesota Humanities Center has specially developed an online course for this Culture and Voices module. It introduces educators to the four themes of the Absent Narratives approach and how these may be applied toward ideas of family engagement. The course is designed to be either taken as an online self-study course, or can be utilized in a staff meeting as an in-person professional development. If used as an in-person offering, utilize the Increase Family Engagement through Absent Narratives: Facilitator’s Guide (below).
 
Register for the course on the Humanities Center website. You must create a sign-in and password for the Humanities Center’s Online Professional Development Center. There is no fee to register and the course offers 3 CEUS.

Increase Family Engagement Through Absent Narratives: Facilitator’s Guide
This document is meant to be used in conjunction with the online course, Increase Family Engagement through Absent Narratives: Online Course. It is a guide for educators who would like to frame the online offering as an in-person professional development.