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January 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Parent class grads will tackle academics, bullying, cultural awareness

As one way to increase parent participation, Seattle Public Schools offers classes aimed at nurturing parents’ leadership skills.

The classes were among a number of Puget Sound parent programs highlighted in a recent Education Lab story that focused on an exemplary program in Chicago.

Last week, 24 parents successfully completed the most recent session, a joint effort of the school district and the Seattle Council PTSA. In a ceremony at South Shore K-8 in southeast Seattle, the parents presented ideas they will now carry out in their schools.

Some highlights:

  • After studying anti-bullying programs, parents from southeast Seattle will give presentations to other parents in Tagalog and Somali on how to recognize bullying, how to address it, and how to create an antibullying culture.
  • Parents from Roxhill Elementary plan to study their school’s academic improvement plan and figure out ways that parents can help teachers reach the plan’s goals.
  • Somali and refugee families from East Africa plan to start a new after-school program.
  • At Sanislo Elementary in southwest Seattle, parents are planning a series of events where families can share their cultural backgrounds with each other.

In addition, a parent from Somalia who completed the recent classes intends to offer the entire 12-week course at his mosque this spring, translating everything into Somali, according to Bernardo Ruiz, who coordinates and teaches much of the course and directs the district’s school-family partnerships program.

The next district class — which is 10 weeks rather than 12 — starts next week, meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Seattle Community College. Parents who successfully complete the course can earn 2.5 college credits. Go here for more information.

The most recent group of parent grads (photo courtesy Sharon Rodgers, Seattle Council PTSA)

The most recent group of parent grads (photo courtesy Sharon Rodgers)

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