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Saturday, May 4 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Secret Sauce: Cooking Up Parental Leadership Strategies

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Whether you are new to the education landscape or a seasoned veteran of the cause for charter schools in Washington, we will discuss effective strategies for parental leadership at the local, regional and state level. Hear from a panel of parents and charter school advocates who have been on the front line of starting parent organizations, advocating for legislative policy, and putting their personal stamp on groundbreaking legal strategies that have paved the way for charter schools.


Helen Tauanuu

Parent, Rainier Prep
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Darcelina Soloria

Spokane Organizer, Spokane International Academy
Darcelina Soloria works as the Spokane Organizer with Stand for Children . In 2015, Darcelina volunteered with Washington State Charter Schools Association to rally parents and community members to advocate for public charter schools; this is where her passion for education advocacy... Read More →
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Heidi Mitchell

Parent, PRIDE Prep
Heidi Mitchell has a career in marketing and communication and became involved with WA state charter schools in 2015. As an advocate in the sector she has met with legislators in Olympia, spoke at press conferences, and acted as an intervenor in the lawsuit El Centro de la Raza v... Read More →
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Danielle Davies

Parent, Destiny/SOAR/Ashe' Prep
As a longtime resident of WA state, residing in Tacoma since 1980, Danielle has experienced firsthand the struggles in our communities; particularly when it comes to equitable education.These disparities came into sharp focus, once again, when her children began school.As a mother... Read More →
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Jeff Bunch

Charter School Parent, Spokane International Academy