How do we know as a region we have improved parent engagement?
The Road Map Project recently released three research-based parent engagement indicators that track the percentage of parents who:
- feel confident in their knowledge and ability to partner within the education system
- believe their school provides a welcoming, culturally responsive learning environment
- who have leadership opportunities and influence on decision-making at their school
Quotes from our focus group interviews with parents:
"We need to be active as parents to make sure our kids get a good education, and support our teachers. We know how to educate our children but we are never asked."
"It’s important for my son to be accepted or he will drop out. He feels different because of race, culture, and language."
Since our founding, OneAmerica has been dedicated to improving education to ensure equity and quality for all students and building an educational system that is reflective of our asset-rich and very diverse demographic. The faces of our classrooms are changing – in fact, Washington State ranks tenth in diversity in the U.S. and is among 12 states with the highest English language learner (ELL) student enrollment.
OneAmerica’s members, who have sacrificed so much for their children to have access to better opportunities and education, have identified education improvements as a top priority area. As a result, OneAmerica works to create a stronger, more equitable education system, from cradle to career through a variety of efforts including state policy change, regional collective impact strategies, parent engagement, and increased community voice in education decision making and systems-building.
Through all of these efforts, OneAmerica demonstrates the ways we are closing the opportunity gap and improving education systems so all of our state’s children succeed and thrive.
Click Above to find a link to a one-pager with key messages around the importance of home language development that can be shared with parents.
Watch a video to learn more about our education work highlights! OneAmerica worked closely with education allies through the Road Map Project to promote and expand the World Language Credit Program, which grants students in several Washington State school districts up to four competency-based credits toward high school graduation for demonstrating proficiency in another language. This innovative and inspirational approach is captured in this video made possible with generous support from the Road Map Project and produced by Quantum Productions, Inc.
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Check out OneAmerica’s resources and reports as well as some put together by our partners to learn more about this important work:
Breaking Down Barriers
What are the major barriers facing our region’s immigrant and refugee families? Read OneAmerica’s 2012 focus group report with input from over 550 parents, teachers, and students in South King County.
Road Map Project ELL Action Plan
This action plan was created by the Road Map Project ELL Work Group, staffed and led by OneAmerica. It is a rich guide for improving education in our region for ELL students, made in collaboration with ELL district directors, research partners, state, post-secondary and early learning partners and community-based organizations.
Migration Policy Institute
OneAmerica works closely with the national organization, the Migration Policy Institute, whose website is filled with substantive research and data related to immigrant and refugee student experiences and realties in Washington State and nationally.
Road Map Project Results Report
These reports offers concrete education data for the South King County region
There are over 160 languages spoken in South Seattle and South King County combined
1 in 3
More than 1 in every 3 first graders is an ELL student in South Seattle and South King County
Over half of high school students who are ELL do not graduate from high school
Contact Roxana Norouzi, Education Policy Manager