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Involvement by parents, families and communities in children’s education supports student achievement and high-quality schools. Increased involvement leads to more motivated, resilient students, fuels higher educational aspirations and helps young people reach their full potential.

 

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tactics for giving to support student achievement
  • Support immigrant and low-income parents and communities in navigating the school system and building the knowledge—including leadership skills—to help English-Language Learners (ELL) and other low-income students succeed
  • Support early learning programs aligned with state and local kindergarten-readiness and P-3 work 
  • Support greater collaboration between schools and informal STEM education providers in order to boost student interest and achievement in STEM fields 
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
31% of English Language Learners in King County’s Roadmap Region (SE/SW Seattle, South King County) met the 3rd grade reading standard (compared to 29% statewide).
Success Story
Basic Computer Classes Help Low-income Parents Manage Their Children's Education
New Futures provides a broad range of services for children and families in four low-income apartment complexes in South King County. Ninety percent of the families served by New Futures don’t have computers at home, and even more of them are recent immigrants or refugees who struggle with language barriers. For these parents, getting involved in their children’s education is a daunting notion. To encourage the use of computers as a tool for managing their children’s education—for emailing teachers, learning about school events and even monitoring grades and attendance—New Futures offers basic computer classes for parents. The organization also brings school representatives in to meet with parents and provides family advocates who accompany parents to school meetings and help them contact teachers as needed.
Stay Informed:

The Strengths and Challenges of Community Organizing as an Education Reform Strategy
This new study finds that "by leveraging the collective power of parents, youth, residents, and institutions, community organizing can alter longstanding power imbalances and patterns of inequality that result in failing schools."
One Region's Cradle-to-College Approach
The year-old Community Center for Education Results has galvanized hundreds of key civic players to build a road map toward improving education, cradle to college, in South King County.
Social and Health Indicators Across King County
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond
Washington state policymakers must come up with billions in more funding over the next few years to comply with the State Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. State, which mandated a significant boost in K-12 school funding.
Trends in Education Philanthropy
Grantmakers for Education (GFE) introduced its annual Benchmarking survey in 2008 to gauge the state of education philanthropy and to learn from its members how the field was evolving. Every year since 2008, they have offered a snapshot of trends, emerging issues and challenges funders saw on the horizon. The latest report in this series was published in 2012.

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