As the son of immigrants and educators, Eyal Bergman was raised with a deep appreciation for American public schools. He was the founder and director of the Family & Community Engagement Office in the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, California. The goal of the department is to strengthen partnerships between school staff and the communities they serve in order to address persistent educational inequities. This vision is rooted in Eyal’s experience as a community organizer and youth mentor. Eyal believes that communities across America look to their schools as the best opportunity to lift their kids from poverty, and that as public servants, school and district leaders must seek authentic collaboration with families in order to properly serve their children.
Eyal is currently a student in the Doctor of Education Leadership (EdLD) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He recently joined Dr. Karen Mapp in co-authoring an updated version of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships. He earned his Master’s of Education from HGSE and his Bachelor’s from Tufts University.