Seattle, WA

Parents as Partners


In partnership with the Seattle Public Schools, CTAC conducted the project, No Parent Left Behind, to strengthen collaboration among parents, school staff and community organizations in support of student achievement and school improvement. CTAC guided a train-the-trainers process to prepare a corps of culturally and linguistically diverse school staff, community organization representatives and parent instructors to train others across the district and community to better understand student, school and teacher data, and assume their roles as partners in school improvement.


  • Involved immigrant and refugee parents as equal partners in school improvement.
  • Engaged parents and community members speaking nine languages: Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Lao, Somali, Spanish, Tigrigna, and Vietnamese.
  • Built parents’ capacity to understand school performance and teacher qualification data, and partner effectively in school reform and accountability.