Our postdoctoral Fellow, Catrine Demers, presented a poster at the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) Conference 2021 in November 2021 entitled “Power imbalance in family engagement in research: a self-reflection tool for researchers” with co-author Maude Champagne. Their infographic and self-reflection tool was created within the Family Engagement in Research Certificate of Completion at McMaster University offered in partnership with KBHN and CanChild. They won the award and prize for the Best Family Engagement and Partnership Poster Award Category 1.
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Power imbalances exist in school settings and impact how, why and when families engage in partnerships with educators. Partnering begins with trust, which lies in the laps of the school. We must make the first move, in which we show respect,sincerity of interest along with the recognition of parental influence and power. As long as parents feel powerless, we miss opportunities to operate from the same page no matter the languages spoken. .