2021 SPAN Parent Leadership & Advocacy Virtual Conference: SPEAK UP! TAKE ACTION CREATE CHANGE

Tuesday, May 11 -
Thursday, May 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

2021 SPAN Parent Leadership & Advocacy Virtual Conference: SPEAK UP! TAKE ACTION CREATE CHANGE

2021 SPAN Parent Leadership & Advocacy Virtual Conference

The SPAN Parent Leadership and Advocacy Virtual Conference is a statewide conference for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.

Conference Highlights –

May 11, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Keynote:  Elizabeth Williams-Riley Former President & CEO, American Conference on Diversity

May 13, 2021 – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm  

Panel:  Representatives from each State Division will provide updates and share ways in which they are engaging families

  • NJ Department of Children and Families
  • NJ Department of Education
  • NJ Department of Human Services
  • NJ Department of Health

May 11th 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm and May 13th 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Session Topics:

System Representatives will each also deliver a breakout session:

  • NJ Department of Health – System Supports – Telehealth 
  • NJ Department Of Education – SEVA/Creating Agreement – Preventing and Resolving Conflict
  • NJ Department of Human Services /Department of Developmental Disabilities:  System Supports
  • NJ Department of Children and Families/Children System of Care(CSOC)

Policy Advocacy: 

  • Telling your Story for a Public Policy Purpose
  • Numbers Count – The 1-2-3 of Using Data for Advocacy
  • Powerful Meetings with Elected Officials
  • Building Relationships with Policymakers – What Does it Take?
  • You’re at the Table, so now what? 
  • Opportunities to get involved
  • Types of groups
  • Tools groups use
  • Tips and strategies for groups


  • Your Leadership Compass – Appreciating Different Work Styles
  • Mapping Your Leadership Journey
  • Developing and Running a Parent Group
  • Tools to Measure Stakeholder Engagement from Leading by Convening
  • Adaptive vs. Technical Solutions – Understanding the Human Elements of Change 
  • Effective Meeting Facilitation – Tips and Tools


  • Using Social Media for Organizing and Advocacy Youth –
  • Building and Supporting Youth Voice

And More… 

  • Leadership Opportunities Within Diverse population (education, nutrition, health equity, policy, transportation, housing) 
  • Critical Elements of Collaboration between Parents and Schools
  • Cultural Reciprocity – Embracing Diversity in Advocacy 
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Parent Champions for Developmental Health Promotion
  • So You Want to Become a Support Parent? 
  • Using Technology for a Child during Remote or Hybrid Learning 

Last Updated: 03/25/21