About the Program
The Cultural Bridges for Education Program is a family engagement strategy that serves as a bridge of communication between the Issaquah School District and parents who were not born in America. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their kids be successful in school.
The Issaquah School District is becoming increasingly more diverse. Based on demographic trends, Latinos and Asian student populations have increased significantly in the past 10 years (Source: OSPI). The trends are clear the student body in Issaquah School District is becoming more diverse.
Many parents who are new to the country do not know how best to support their children with their education. With culturally sensitive guidance and support offered either in their native language or in English, they will feel more confident to become more involved both at home and in the school.
Family engagement strengthens the connections between home, school and community and is a critical component of student’s success. A study in 2011 by the Center for Public Education found that “Programs and interventions that engage families in supporting their children’s learning at home are linked to higher student achievement.”
To learn more, download our Cultural Bridges for Education Program Summary (PDF).
Cultural Bridges Magazine
A bimonthly bilingual publication that specifically addresses local education, health, and how to navigate the Issaquah School District and cities of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton for non-native families.
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June – July 2016