Community Engagement

We’re growing Washington’s charter movement from the ground up.

WA Charters parent, family and community engagement efforts are focused on ensuring that charter public schools reflect the context, experiences and needs of the unique communities in which they are located. Our growing parent programming gives parents opportunities to exercise their voice, advocate at the school and state level, and become leaders in the movement to improve public education in Washington state.
In order to create a robust, successful network of communities and parents, we are:

  • Launching a statewide campaign that raises public awareness about the positive impact of charter public schools and provides accurate information, data and research
  • Keeping open a dialogue among community stakeholders that seeks to understand the local context and the needs, while also providing leaders of authorized charter schools—or those seeking authorization—with opportunities to learn from the local experts
  • Providing technical assistance to local school founders and leaders around best practices for family engagement. This includes: helping to identify key areas of strength within a local school community, providing outreach to local community-based organizations, building capacity within an individual school both for families and school leaders, and providing quantitative and qualitative assessment tools in family engagement.

Parent Advocacy Leads (PALs) Program

Engaged parents are a key factor in helping close educational opportunity gaps and increasing the likelihood of student academic success and development. Strong parent leadership is also essential to the public charter school sector’s overall success and growth. As we saw during the 2016 legislative session, parents were the most compelling voices, as they described why their charter public school was working for their family.

WA Charters launched its Parent Advocacy Lead (PAL) program in August 2016, identifying the first cohort of PALs. The PALs participate in advocacy and organizing training, are updated regularly on advocacy priorities, and organize other parents to take action to support strong schools in their community.

Through this network of informed, engaged, and self-directed parent leaders and advocates, individual schools and the overall sector will benefit from a strengthened culture, climate of inclusion, and invested families.

Read the Parent Advocacy Lead (PAL) Role DescriptionHave questions about the application process? Please contact Amy Van at amy@wachartersaction.org.

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Learn more about Tacoma's charter public school options at our school tours Saturday, March 11th. Be sure to RSVP and send any questions to Brooke Brod at bbrod@stand.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Calling all elementary, middle or high school families in Tacoma! SOAR Academy, Destiny Charter Middle School and Summit Public Schools - Washington Olympus are co-hosting an amazing tour event for families to explore Tacoma's innovative, personalized public school options! ... See MoreSee Less

We are excited to announce our tour of Tacoma's charter public schools on March 11th. Save the date and RSVP to learn more about your public school options in Tacoma. ... See MoreSee Less

It’s never too early to start thinking about school enrollment for Fall 2017! Washington is home to some incredible charter public schools, and next week families in Tacoma will have an opportunity to learn more about the leading schools in their area. For students and parents looking for exceptional options in personalized learning and academic enrichment, this is a perfect place to start.

On Saturday, March 11, WA Charters will host an evening tour of SOAR Academy, Summit Olympus, and Destiny Middle School so that parents and kids interested in learning about great public school options can explore each school building, meet with school teachers and leaders, and hear from current charter families and students about their experience.

The tour promises a close-up look at the amazing programs and opportunities provided by schools that are paving the way for student achievement. These schools are tuition-free and academically rigorous, prioritizing the personal educational needs of all students so that they can reach their full potential. It’s going to be a great evening, and we hope to see you there.

Schedule:
10:30a – 11:30a Tour SOAR Academy, 2136 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405

11:45a – 12:45p Tour Summit Olympus, 409 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma 98421

1:00p – 2:00p Tour Destiny Middle School, 1301 E. 34th Street, Tacoma WA 98404

To RSVP or for more information, please email Brooke Brod at bbrod@stand.org.
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