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December 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Not bowling alone: Families helping families helps students

In the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, a community-based program has succeeded in bringing parents into its schools and has inspired others to spread the program statewide. Parent mentor Crystal Robles, center (with safety vest) monitors students as they are dismissed. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

In the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, a community-based program has succeeded in bringing parents into its schools and has inspired others to spread the program statewide. Parent mentor Crystal Robles, center (with safety vest) monitors students as they are dismissed. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

In our Sunday story about tapping into the power of parents in education, we summed up some of the research into ways parents can help students achieve.

But there’s much more, including studies from the “social capital” camp — researchers who study the webs of relationships that can bring benefits to individuals, families and schools.

That concept was at the heart of “Bowling Alone,” a book that got a lot of play a few years back for tracking the demise of social ties in America.

The studies ring true to anyone who has ever gained from being part of a school community, getting advice and information from other parents as well as teachers and principals.

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December 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Rewind: View a replay of Tuesday’s chat on parent engagement

Did you miss our live chat on family engagement and the Logan Square parent mentor program? Scroll through below to see a recap. Our participants: Joanna Brown, lead education organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Monica Espinoza, former parent mentor and current mentor coordinator at Burbank Elementary in Chicago Pachomius Schmidt, Federal Way teacher Linda Shaw, Seattle Times…

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December 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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

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…

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