Education Northwest to Lead Washington State’s New Family Engagement Center
PORTLAND, OR, USA, Sept. 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Education Northwest is thrilled to announce that it and several valued partners have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Family Engagement Center statewide in Washington State.
The grant is one of eight awarded by the department and provides $5 million over five years to establish the center, a collaboration between Education Northwest, the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), Roots of Inclusion and the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust.
NORC, an independent, nonpartisan research institution at the University of Chicago, will serve as the external evaluator of the new center.
The center will be led by Education Northwest, and the entire collaboration will ensure that the work fully aligns with the emerging family engagement policy framework and infrastructure across Washington State.
The center’s community partners – CCER, Roots of Inclusion, and Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust – will provide connections and information about their own work with families and educators in Washington, including sharing their expertise, training and tools throughout the state.
“The center will play a vital role in ensuring that families and educators share a voice in student well-being and success,” said Timothy Speth, leader at Education Northwest and co-director of the Washington Statewide Family Engagement Center. “This comes at a critical time for public education, as schools and districts across the country seek to support school resumption and meet the developmental needs of students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
The team will conduct its work based on the Washington Equity and Shared Responsibility Framework, the Department of Education Equity Framework, and culturally appropriate lenses developed from decades of collective experience among partners.
“Washington State has laid the foundation for a systemic, collaborative, and coordinated approach to family engagement statewide,” Speth said. “The new center will build on this foundation and place family, community involvement and multiple levels of equity at the center of this effort.
“Families are essential partners in a student’s journey to success,” said Sarah Butcher, director of Roots of Inclusion. “There is no longer an important time for schools to engage, partner and work with our families. The Washington Statewide Family Engagement Center will provide increased resources, technical assistance and a strict focus on building, repairing and nurturing meaningful partnerships with families Our school communities need it, our families want it, and the success and well-being of every young person demands it.
Education Northwest was founded in 1966 as a nonprofit organization committed to advancing equity in education. We use evidence to help our partners address educational challenges and improve learning.
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