Ron Mirr is the President of RM Consulting and CAFÉ (the Center for Active Family Engagement). He is a private consultant based in Iowa City who has worked as a mental health clinician, a school administrator, a staff developer, and a consultant to agencies in many states and internationally.
Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has nearly 30 years of experience working with K-12 schools and social service agencies. Since 1993 he has focused his efforts on helping schools address barriers-to-learning, primarily in the areas of engaging families in efforts to improve student achievement, connecting families to mental health and other supportive services, and helping increase student “connectedness” to schools. Ron was the founder of the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center in 1995 and has been a consultant to programs in many different states and internationally on how to engage families in the learning process. He is a co-author of the Family Engagement Assessment—a tool that measures a school’s capacity for developing effective partnerships with families.
Ron currently teaches graduate courses in program development and grant writing and provides professional development for educators and community agency staff on family engagement and school climate. Since 1989, Ron written and received funding for 199 grant proposals totaling nearly $130 million in state, federal and private funding).
|Program Development & Grant Writing||Polk County (IA) Decategorization Project||9-2014|
|Family Engagement in Education||Program in Professional Education—Harvard University (MA)||7-2014|
|Family Engagement Assessment Report||Windsor Public Schools (CT)||6-2014|
|Keynote Presentation||Indiana Family Partnership Center Annual Conference (IN)||6-2014|
|Developing an Effective Action Plan||Iowa Department of Education IS3 Project Spring Networking Conference (IA)||5-2014|
Recent Successful Grant Applications
|2014||Now is the NITT Project Aware—Iowa DE||5 years||$9,614,962|
|2014||Now is the NITT Project Aware—Ft. Dodge IA||2 years||$100,000|
|2014||Now is the NITT Project Aware—Marshalltown IA||2 years||$100,000|
|2014||Now is the NITT Project Aware—Hawarden IA||2 years||$100,000|
|2014||School Climate Transformation Grant—Ft. Dodge IA||5 years||$1,649,278|
|2013||Teacher Leader Grant—Cedar Rapids IA||1 year||$5,000,000|
|2013||Carol M. White PEP Grant—Iowa City IA||3 years||$790,957|
|2013||Carol M. White PEP Grant—Marshalltown IA||3 years||$1,390,311|
|2012||Carol M. White PEP Grant—Oxford IA||3 years||$904,986|
|2012||Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant—Marshalltown IA||1 year||$495,984|
|2012||21st CCLC Grant—Iowa City IA||3 years||$450,000|
Total Grant Award Amount (1989-2014)—$128,480,974