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December 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Sunday story: Lessons for locals on power of parents in schools

Parent mentor Pedro Rodriguez works with a group of students in Jessica Dye's first-grade classroom at Avondale Elementary School in Chicago. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Parent mentor Pedro Rodriguez works with a group of students in Jessica Dye’s first-grade classroom at Avondale Elementary School in Chicago. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

On their first day of training, one mother after another paused in the classroom doorway, unsure where to sit or whether signing up for this highly regarded parent program was a good idea after all.

Trainer Monica Soto-Espinoza had anticipated their doubts.

Six years ago, she was just like many of them — a mother with limited English skills who’d come to the U.S. as a teenager and never finished high school.

What, she wondered, could she possibly offer her child’s school?

Go here to read Sunday’s front-page story by Linda Shaw.

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