Thanks to Erika Ribary, former SVSD teacher and North Bend Elementary parent, for this guest post. Erika worked with the district to help launch the new Parent Partnership Program. There is additional information on the district website as well.
Snoqualmie Valley School District is pleased to announce it will be launching a K-5 Parent Partnership Program this fall. The program is designed for local families who choose to educate their children at home while collaborating with the local school district for additional educational needs.
The model being considered for the new SVSD Parent Partner Program has been the basis for many successful programs in our state. It involves a parent serving as the primary instructor, while a certificated teacher manages the required Written Student Learning Plans, which details learning goals and curriculum for the school year. As part of the Learning Plan, students attend around 5 hours per week in a classroom setting.
“Our district has been working to expand the ways in which it serves the varying educational needs of our students. This new Parent Partner Program will offer one more option for families who prefer a different learning experience for their student,” explained Jeff Hogan, Executive Director of Instructional Technology for the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
Throughout the year, several informational meetings have taken place and families who attended the meetings indicated great interest in this type of partnership, as many of them currently enroll their students in other districts’ Parent Partner Programs but would prefer a local resource.
Now that the district has committed to moving forward with the program, a Parent/Family Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 6:30PM in the SVSD board room. At that meeting, families’ input will be taken as to what schedule and what classes they would like to see as well as any other thoughts they have on the program. As a partnership, the district wants to create a program that meets the needs of the local community.
If you would like more information on the program, please contact Amy Montanye-Johnson at 425-831-4200.