Bake sales, PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences have long been seen as the key to engaging parents in their children’s education.
Relying on these traditional approaches, however, limits the agency and expertise of parents. Even worse, such approaches are particularly apt to marginalize parents from non-dominant communities.
The work of the University of Washington’sEquitable Parent–School Collaboration research projectis driven by a desire to expand how schools and districts recognize and tap parental expertise and leadership in improving student learning. For the past three years, UW researchers have partnered with schools, families and community organizations in theRoad Map Project region of South Seattle and South King County to develop pathways and tools that will foster authentic parent and family engagement.