UW News

Ann Ishimaru


July 24, 2017

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

A new study by the University of Washington suggests schools need to partner with parents, rather than offer them limited volunteer roles. In this photo, parent volunteers read to a class of students.

  Most schools offer parents specific ways to help out: Join the PTA, chaperone a field trip, grade papers for a teacher or assist on a classroom art project. Those volunteer opportunities, however, not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that…


July 1, 2014

Engaging parents, community to map student success in South King County

Girls at a school desk.

The Road Map Project highlights how students are most successful when schools and communities find creative and culturally responsive ways of engaging parents.