Nicola: SOAR Pieces Conference

On June 22nd, I had the chance to present on my orientation resources for newcomer parents to the US school system at the SOAR Pieces professional development and networking conference. It was a great opportunity to collaborate, inviting community partners from the Kent School District and Jewish Family Service Refugee & Immigrant Service Center to present with me on the topic of supporting parents, as well as to gather feedback, inviting the participants to give the resources a critical look and to share what they liked and what they thought would add to the resource. At first we simply discussed how to support parents and what participants were currently doing or saw happening in their communities, before looking at how the resources could support a more streamlined approach. Overall it was a great experience to share what I have been working on and to begin to think about how it will go from being simply a resource to a tool to support community and family engagement.

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