Closing the Learning Gap

Educators, administrators and parents worked tirelessly to keep students engaged over the past two-and-a-half school years. And now we are discovering larger-than-normal gaps in learning. How will schools close these learning gaps and what can families do to help?

Guests: Dr. Barbara Boone, the Director of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

Guest Bio: Barbara Boone, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University in the Center on Education and Training for Employment.  Dr. Boone leads a team focused on improving partnerships between home, school and communities for the education of children of all ages. They do this through research, developing tools and resources for families, facilitating professional development, and working with state agencies, local school districts and organizations.

She was previously an early childhood teacher, parent educator, education consultant, and a Director at the Ohio Department of Education. A sought after speaker and advisor for school-family partnerships, Dr. Boone regularly works with state and district leaders across Ohio and the country.

She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a Master degree from The University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University.

A mother of three children who all graduated from public schools in Ohio, Dr. Boone takes a child centered approach to education.  She recognizes that each and every child will learn, grow, and live fulfilling lives when they are supported by their families, schools and communities.