About Us

Our Founder

Dr. Maria C. Paredes developed Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) in 2008 and was awarded the Dissertation in Practice Award of 2012 from the Carnegie Project on her  Educational Doctorate. Her scholarly research in family engagement and her development of APTT have earned her numerous state and national awards. Dr. Paredes leads the Family and Community Engagement program at WestEd.

Our Team

The APTT team designs and delivers  professional development for state, district and school leaders and staff on family engagement. Additionally, we facilitate and coach teams through the process of integrating high-impact practices  of family engagement into all areas of school improvement.


Faith Burtamekh

Linda Bushor

Linda Bushor

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Corey Cornett

Annabelle Lee

Annabel Lee

Sara Martinez

Sara Martinez


Melinda Wallace