Foster Greater Parent Engagement and Education on Community and Inclusion

Purpose
Engage and collaborate with parents and bring families with diverse backgrounds into the fold of our extended community to promote trust and a sense of belonging

Progress
  • Meet with parents individually and in small groups to discuss their sense of belonging at Pacific Ridge (2020)
  • Launch Parent Affinity Groups (2020)
  • Collaborate with Parents Association to align their work with DEI 
  • Brainstorming sessions to develop educational DEI programming for parents and opportunities to build community with parents who represent diversity at Pacific Ridge
 
On Deck
  • Parent survey to gauge interest and identify the social, cultural, and ethnic strengths within our community 
  • Educational Series - “Pursuing Cultural Competency”
  • Work with parents to achieve a high level of engagement around community and inclusion
  • Extend our learning community to include parents in their own learning process
  • Engage families as leaders and sources of information about their families’ cultural strengths; learn about cultural norms of families represented in the school to understand the prior knowledge, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences that inform students’ thinking and perspective
  • Identify potential cultural barriers to parent engagement; find ways to overcome cultural and economic obstacles that inhibit parent community involvement

Initiative Team Members

Susan Woods, Directory of Community & Inclusion, lead
Abby Adams, Communications Manager
Alfie Hobbs, Assistant Head of Middle School
Sarah Peeden, Assistant Head of Middle School
Allegra Molineaux, Head of Upper School