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Building Stronger schools through Family Engagement

Discover innovative ways to connect with families and enhance student success through our workshop series. We are excited to offer you a unique opportunity for professional growth, complete with free professional development hours contributing to your skill set. Join us in this enriching journey!
Our workshops are tailored to equip you with the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to cultivate meaningful partnerships between schools and families.

Family Engagement for Educators Workshop Series

2 hours of Washington State approved “Clock hours” for each workshop

WEDNESDAY OCT 25th. 7:00 to 9:00 pm


OCT 25th

7:00 to 9:00 pm

The importance of Language Access for Equitable Student Success

Why is access to interpretation and translation in schools critical for equitable family engagement? Join us to learn the meaning of language access in schools for kids and families, what has the State of Washington started to do about this issue, and how your school can work more efficiently with interpreters and translators. Also, find out from your colleagues what tech tools schools use to facilitate interpretation for parents who are English language learners themselves.

Presented by

Special Guest: Leonard Alvarez, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Language Access Program Supervisor.

WEDNESDAY OCT 11th. 7:00 to 9:00 pm


OCT 11th

7:00 to 9:00 pm

The Top 8 Engagement Practices for Family Engagement Coordinators

Are you a professional family engagement coordinator, liaison or the family engagement point person in your school? Do you sometimes struggle to come up with engagement priorities, activities and plans?If so, this is the class for you! Come learn the 8 Best Practices of Family Engagement, how to plan ahead, how to conduct better outreach and most importantly how to incorporate family voices in your work and co-create meaningful, relevant and well-attended family events and activities.

Presented by Adie Simmons, M.Ed.

Adie Simmons, M.Ed.,Adie Simmons, is a recognized family engagement leader in Washington State and the founder and Executive Director of Washington Family Engagement. Her work is focused on ensuring the equal participation of parents and caregivers in all systems that impact children and families. She has led multiple initiatives that have had a positive effect on Washington State public policy and children outcomes. She is also the founding Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds and has worked as an administrator in several school districts in Washington. In 2019, she was inducted into the University of Washington School of Communications’ Hall of Fame.

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WEDNESDAY SEPT 27th. 7:00 to 9:00 pm


SEPT 27th

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Engaging parents of English Language Learners

Engaged and informed parents are better equipped to support their multilingual English learners in our schools. In this session we will dispel common myths about English learners and their families to ensure that we approach our work with a strength based mindset. Then learn the Top 10 Ways to connect with families of diverse backgrounds. Technology can help but will never replace the benefit of a welcoming space and staff. We will guide you to implement changes in your professional practice and school environments that will make a significant difference in how welcome and included families of English learners feel and how they see themselves as equal contributors to their children’s education. The ultimate goal of equitable school-family partnerships is to ensure all students succeed.

Presented by Elizabeth Meza

Elizabeth Meza is the former ELL Program Administrator for the Northshore School District. She has over 15 years of experience working with and advocating for diverse families as equal, collaborative partners in the education of their children. During her administrative tenure she launched and trained the district’s Family Engagement Specialist team which focuses on diverse family outreach. Her personal mission is to build the capacity of educators and families to collaborate in respectful, equitable and culturally responsive ways that lead to successful educational outcomes for all students. She has experienced our public schools as a student, parent, and staff member and understands what it takes to make families feel welcomed and empowered to support their children’s education.

THURSDAY SEPT 14th. 7:00 to 9:00 pm


SEPT 14th

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Re-inventing Family Engagement in Schools

With budget cuts and staffing shortages, schools are uncertain of how to continue engaging families in the education of their children. We know that equitable school-family partnerships not only play a critical role in student socio-emotional development and academic progress but are also an important part of educators and administrators’ professional practice. But in changing times, how can we do it right? Join our dynamic webinar to learn new engagement strategies, improved family collaboration techniques, and how, as an educator, you can re-invent family engagement in your school or school district.

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