Winter 2015-2016 Impact

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8 Impacting Student Engagement with Families Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D. e world of business has long known the importance of employee engagement, so much so, that it has become a top priority in corporate improvement. In a recent survey of private sector employees, just over 70% of those surveyed indicate that engagement is essential to corporate success yet about 24% of the same respondents indicate that employees in their company are engaged (Harvard Business Review, 2015). Given this prospect, the idea of improving engagement resonates loudly with corporate America. Relationships between company and client are important and being reimagined. Lilly Pharmaceuticals, for example, is changing the relationship between their company and their physician customers. The new relationship is values-based with the company desiring to understand the most difficult challenges of their doctor clients (Harvard Business Review, 2015). As educators, what can we learn from this information? Clearly, there is value in cultivating both engaged employees Leader, teacher, author and entrepreneur Dr. Steve Constantino has a long and distinguished career in leadership and innovation. Dr. Constantino has held numerous leadership positions at all levels of organizations, including being the CEO of his own start-up and presently as a school district superintendent. Dr. Constantino is nationally recognized for his work in family engagement and his innovative, non-conventional and entrepreneurial approaches to leading organizations and acquiring impressive results. He has experience both in the public and private sector and leverages this unique lens to challenge conventional leadership practice favoring what he describes as a "blow up the box mentality." As an entrepreneur himself, Dr. If every family truly had a choice as to how to educate their children, would they choose your school district? Your school? Your classroom?

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