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A brief sampling of parent-involvement programs in the Puget Sound area:

Federal Way — To develop stronger relationship with students and parents, teachers at six schools are making home visits this school year. The district also

offers parent workshops, employs eight family liaisons and advises top district staff on how to strengthen relationships with parents. More information about home visits:
Workshop and other information: 253-945-2273.

— A nine-week district-sponsored course giving parents tools to help their children inside and outside school was first offered in two schools and is expanding to two others this school year. About 15 of the course graduates have signed up to be “cultural navigators,” working in their schools to improve parent-staff relations. More information: 253-373-7081.

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A 12-week district-sponsored course to help parents become effective advocates for their children and for public education covers subjects ranging from conflict resolution to common-core standards. Those who complete it are expected to spend a year building parent participation in their schools.
More information: 206-252-0693.

One- and two-day leadership workshops for parents who want to advocate for high-quality schools are offered by a nonprofit group called Communities and Parents for Public Schools. More information:

Edmonds, Everett, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Northshore and Shoreline — The Natural Leaders program run by these school districts in partnership with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools trains parents, many of them immigrants, to bring parent perspectives into schools. Those who complete it seek out fellow parents to learn what they want and need for their children in school. More information: 206-393-4503.

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