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February 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Power of parents: Event hosted by Education Lab and Road Map fosters ideas on engagement

Joanna Brown (left) and Tami Love of the Logan Square parent mentor program address the audience. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Joanna Brown (left) and Tami Love of the Logan Square parent mentor program address the audience. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

About 150 parent leaders, educators and school administrators gathered Thursday evening at Foster High School in Tukwila for a community event hosted by Education Lab and the Road Map Project.

The event focused on the topic of parent engagement and featured a panel of five speakers: Joanna Brown and Tami Love from the Logan Square parent mentor program in Chicago; Jenn Ramirez Robson, director of strategic partnerships at Southwest Youth and Family Services in Seattle; Emijah Smith, a member of Seattle Public Schools’ School Family Partnership Advisory Committee to the Superintendent; and Edward Lee Vargas, superintendent in the Kent School District.

The Logan Square program was featured in a Dec. 8 front-page story by reporter Linda Shaw, who facilitated the panel discussion. The presentation was followed by a 45-minute Q&A session.

Much of the conversation centered on what educators and parents alike need to do to help more families feel welcome and part of the school community. Ramirez Robson, who is also involved with the Highline Public Schools Parent Advisory Committee, emphasized building a partnership takes time and sustained effort.

“Parent engagement doesn’t just happen in a meeting or two,” she said. “It takes time … and it has to be both sides.”


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October 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

How to ace a busy college fair


Gary Winchester, M.Ed., a program coordinator at the University of Washington, speaks to a student at a transfer fair held at Bellevue College earlier this year. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

College fair season is here again.

Some 15,000 high-school students and parents will descend on the Washington State Convention & Trade Center Nov. 8-9 for the annual Seattle National College Fair. Part of the National Association for College Admission’s circuit of fall fairs, the free event is the biggest college fair in our area—and can also be the most daunting.

Planning to attend a college fair this year? Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the experience:*

  • Do your homework. Many events offer a list of participating schools ahead of time. (Attendees at the Seattle National College Fair are listed here.) Budget your time by mapping out your must-visit booths—and keep in mind that you might have to wait in line to talk to admission reps at the more popular schools.

Comments | Topics: college, college applications, college fairs