I love meeting new families and providing them information to assist with their school choice for their children. To ensure I stay up-to-date on area schools, I am constantly visiting schools and investigating school programs year round, which includes attending many formal open house events. For example, this past weekend I visited the Seattle Public School systems newest school – Cedar Park Elementary and met with their Enrollment Policy Analyst for the district. I also learn about schools by going to school performances, book fairs, sporting events and by talking to current PTA members.
As much as I have enjoyed owning my own business, one thing I missed was the opportunity to engage with peers and made it a goal this year to reach out to other school professionals both locally (in Seattle) and also across the U.S. I am one, big step closer in reaching this goal, as I applied and was accepted to be an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association – an independent, nonprofit, professional association for school consultants. IECA is a national organization with over 1500 members across nearly all U.S. states and 27 nations. They offer peer support and educational opportunities, including conferences, white papers and webinars. I just recently watched an IECA sponsored webinar on Student Study Skills. It was filled with great information and will make its way into its own blog soon.
A second big step will occur later this month when I participate on a panel with several other local Seattle school consultants to discuss education and the family decision process. I was invited by the Puget Sound Independent Schools to speak at their spring luncheon attended by admission teams from the area’s independent schools. PSIS is an organization that promotes the value of local independent school education, and works collaboratively to make the admission process more accessible for prospective families. I will speaking with a former colleague from School Choice International, along with several other school consultants with specialties ranging from preschool to high school.
The right school will provide academic and extracurricular opportunities for your child and also introduce them to new interests, skills and lasting friendships. Through my new associations, I hope to be exposed to new opportunities, grow and make new friends as well.