Cultural Bridges is a family engagement program that serves as a bridge of communication between the Issaquah School District and parents who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their students to be successful in school.
The Issaquah School District is becoming increasingly diverse. Based on demographic trends, Latino and Asian student populations have increased significantly over the past decade. The Issaquah School District is expected to become a minority-majority district within the next three to five years.
Parents who are new to the country may not know how best to support their children's education. Through culturally sensitive support offered either in families' native language or in English, Cultural Bridges helps parents feel more confident becomng involved in school and supporting their students at home.
Family engagement strengthens the connections between home, school and community and is a critical component of students' success.
The Cultural Bridges program produces a quarterly bilingual publication that helps non-native families navigate the Issaquah School District and the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish and Renton. The magazine is currently offered in Spanish, Korean and Chinese translations.
In the future, Cultural Bridges plans to expand translation services for student records and transcripts from other countries, increase participation in community and school events, and broaden support for educators in understanding families’ unique needs.
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