Seattle Public Schools Wins National Award for Family and Community Engagement from Johns Hopkins University

Seattle Public Schools’ efforts to engage families in increasing student academic achievement have been recognized with a prestigious 2010 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University.

 The school district, which is a member of NNPS, received the award for its efforts to implement national best practices for family engagement Districtwide and for guiding schools to develop comprehensive programs of school, family and community partnerships aimed at supporting student achievement.

 “Seattle Public Schools is demonstrating that research-based approaches can be used to increase goal-oriented family and community engagement that contributes to student learning and development,” said Dr. Joyce Epstein, Director of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University.

Adie Simmons, NNPS State Contact and Washington Education Ombudsman, cited “the outstanding work that their Superintendent and District staff have done in implementing family engagement national best practices to increase student academic achievement.”

 For more information about Seattle Public Schools Family and Community Engagement program, contact Bernardo Ruiz at (206) 252-0693 or visit More information about the National Network of Partnership Schools is available at

Caption for enclose photo of Seattle Public Schools Family & Community Engagement Partnership Team:

Front row seated, left to right:

Dr. Susan Enfield, Seattle Public Schools Chief Academic Officer; Bernardo Ruiz, Family & Community Engagement Manager; Dr. Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Superintendent; Bridgett Chandler, Executive Director, Communications

Back row standing, left to right:

Ayaan Aden, Parent Coordinator; Linda Rose Slater, School Family Partnerships Supervisor; Tsege Tsegay, ReWA Community Partner ; Sonia Altamirano, Parent Coordinator; Margo Siegenthaler, School Family Partnerships Outreach and Training Specialist; Dena Nelson Neighborhood House Community Partner; Nelrica Mosqueda, Parent Coordinator

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