Parent Education

Parent seminars

A year-long list of parent seminars and workshops will be updated regularly by the PTSA and posted here so that anyone interested can see the programs being organized this year to help parents be even stronger partners and "first teachers" of their students. Each seminar lists a contact person who has answers to questions and more details about the seminar. To learn more about the Issaquah PTSA Council, please visit:

Supporting Students with Writing at Home

January 21, 2015 – Pacific Cascade Middle School Commons, 24635 SE Issaquah Fall- City Road from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
An evening presentation with Penny Kittle, a nationally recognized expert in teaching writing to children and adolescents. Penny is the author of Public Teaching: one kid at a time, The Greatest Catch: a life in teaching, Inside Writing: how to teach the details of craft (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves), Write Beside Them: risk, voice, and clarity in high school writing, and Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers. She believes in curiosity, engagement, and deep thinking in schools for both students and their teachers. Recently, Penny co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work, Children Want to Write: Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing published by Heinemann in May of 2013.
For more information contact: Teaching and Learning Services at (425) 837-7113.

Special Education Parent Meeting

January 22, 2015 – Creekside Elementary Library, 20777SE 16th Street, Sammamish
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The Special Education Administrators hold parent nights regionally. The meetings are question and answer sessions. Parents with students at all levels are welcome to attend. 
For more information contact: Special Education Services at (425) 837-7085.

Race to Nowhere

February 26, 2015 – Cascade Ridge Elementary School, 2020 Trossachs Blvd., SE Sammamish 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

See the film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. It features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.
For more information contact: Cascade Ridge PTSA VP of Programs Co-Chair Kelly Huber at or Marci Bartholomae at

FLASH for 5th Graders: Parent Preview For Briarwood, Cougar Ridge, Maple Hills, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, and Issaquah Valley Elementary School Families

April 16 – 18, 2015 – Issaquah School District Administrative Boardroom, 565 NW Holly St., Issaquah, WA
The Spring parent preview presentation will be Thursday April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
For more information contact: Teaching and Learning Services at  (425) 837-7113.

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