Communities & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle (CPPS) works to ensure high-quality public schools in all communities by empowering parents and community members to strengthen public education. By combining outreach, organizing, and leadership training, CPPS mobilizes parents to advocate for school and district improvement, community accountability, and student achievement for all children.
CPPS is focused on deepening community engage in public education, particularly among families who are low-income, non-native English speaking, and/or immigrants where understanding about how the education system works is most needed. Currently, CPPS is working with Somali and Latino parents to develop additional training modules, translated materials, and parent support groups in order to better meet the needs of these communities.
CPPS partners with family support workers, principals, and community organizations, such as Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, the Vietnamese Friendship Association, East African Community Services, and the Filipino Community Association, to offer parent leadership opportunities to families. As part of the Community Center for Education Results’ Community Engagement Task Force, CPPS coordinates their parent engagement efforts with a network of other organizations.
The Parent Leadership Project in southeast Seattle brought together a diverse group of 67 parents from 10 schools to support one another, share ideas, and develop common participation expectations. Graduate from this program have started two new PTAs and led a number of projects including, a Parents' Bill of Rights for Quality Neighborhood Schools, a Welcoming Schools Challenge to inform schools how to better engage underrepresented families, and an advocacy strategy for addressing technology gaps.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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