Family Partnerships

Family Engagement Spring Symposium

Family Engagement 2022 Spring Symposium

Please join us for SPS’ 2022 Virtual Family Engagement Spring Symposium Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.!

This will be an opportunity to connect and ground ourselves in the collaborative principles and practices of family engagement, recognizing students’ families as their first and forever teachers.

This year’s symposium will feature live, interactive and engaging workshops for families, students, community members, and staff/educators (clock hours provided), along with a district family leaders panel, and a very special keynote address by Trise Moore, President & Senior Consultant at The Family Outreach & Engagement Network. We hope to create a space where we can work together to imagine a future of genuine partnership between home and school that supports student learning and thriving!

The Program Resource Guide


Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Join the Virtual Meeting

Keynote Address: Trise Moore, President & Senior Consultant, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network


  • 10 a.m. Introduction & Grounding with the SPS Family Partnerships Team
  • 10:25 a.m. Welcome to Families by Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones
  • 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Trise Moore, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network
  • 11:15 a.m. SPS Family Leaders Panel
  • 11:45 a.m. Interactive Workshops (scroll down for details!)
  • 1 p.m. Closing Ceremony
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  • Large-group interpretation provided in: Amharic, ASL, Cantonese, English, Somali, Spanish, & Vietnamese
  • Closed-captioning included
  • Chat accessibility for introverts and nonverbal participants

Keynote Address

Trise Moore, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network

Photo of Trise Moore, Senior Consultant, The Family Outreach & Engagement Network

SPS is honored to welcome Trise Moore, author of, “Unreached: What Every Educator Wants to Know About Engaging Families for Equity & Student Achievement” and the recipient of Education Week’s 2017 national award for outstanding leadership, in the area of family partnerships and engagement.

Nationally recognized for leading the effective implementation of impact-based family and community partnership practices for over twenty years. She has received several awards for her focus on equity and excellence including acknowledgement from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) District Leaders Network and Harvard’s Family Research Project.

Workshops and Facilitators

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Black Studies as Liberatory Practice

Facilitator: Anita Koyier-Mwamba, SPS Black Education Manager

Description: Last year, Seattle Public Schools launched the first Black studies course for students in grade 11, Black Studies U.S. History 11B, the first course in our new Black Education Program. The Black Education Program was created in response to insights and advocacy from Black students, families, and communities across the district. This workshop will create a space for families, community partners, students, and educators/staff to come together and imagine a collective vision for district-wide implementation where every SPS student is able to participate in the privilege of Black Studies.

Codesigning a Teacher’s Guide to Building a Math Partnership with Families

Facilitators: Tara Hoffman, SPS Curriculum Specialist & Bryan Street, SPS Instructional Services School Coach (Mathematics)

Description: Families and participants are invited to share specific ways they would like SPS Math teachers to support their children’s math education. During this session families with author specific guidance for SPS Teachers to develop a math partnership with their students’ families.

Disability Justice for Families

Facilitators: Yordanos Gebreamlak, OEO, Interim Director & Samantha Fogg, SCPTSA Co-Vice President, Advocacy

Description: We will explore principles of Disability Justice as they relate to all students and families, looking specifically at how a Disability Justice lens helps us to support and advocate for students.

Resources: Disability Justice for Families Workshop Resources

The Role of Families in SPS Research & Data: Past, Present, and Future

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Facilitators: Zach LeClair, Senior Research Associate, SPS & Naomi Byrdo, Research Associate, SPS

Description: This session will invite families and participants to share reflections on their experiences with past district initiatives and data (e.g., academic testing, curriculum adoptions), feedback on current family-centered district research initiatives, and hopes for how families could be centered as drivers of school and district decision-making. We will share an overview of how families have, haven’t, and can be learners and participants with district research, alongside future routes for connecting more with family-driven efforts.

Social Emotional Learning: Families & Schools Working Together

Facilitators: Kai Kunkel, SEL Program Manager, SPS & Hyam Elsaharty, SPS Student Support Services Consulting Teacher (SEL)

Description: Social emotional learning (SEL) starts at home. Families are a child’s first teachers and continue to support children’s social emotional skills through adolescence. In this session we’ll discuss topics such as emotional health, stress management, goal setting, and conflict resolution. We’ll talk about ways to support those skills at home and at school and how schools can partner with families to be sure students’ home culture is reflected in the approach teachers take to SEL. This session will be welcoming, practical, and supportive!

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Language as a Right; Language as a Resource: Valuing All Home Languages

Facilitators: Amarilis Garcia del Valle, Bilingual Instructional Assistant at Denny International Middle School, Rashid Noor, Teacher at West Seattle Elementary, & Thad Williams, SPS International Education Administrator

Description: In this session families and participants will share and learn about different ways home language is a resource to support student learning and also how language is an important aspect of student and family identity. Be proud of your language!