Beyond Dialogue forums


What should communities do to help children succeed?

Ensuring the Future photoPlease join us as we explore this question from three vantage points:

  • Promote high expectations
  • Remove barriers to success
  • Build stronger bridges

Our next forum:

WHAT: A Better Way: Beyond Dialogue, summer gathering
WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 6 to 9 pm
WHERE: Grace Madrona Church, 832 32nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 (map)

Dinner will be served. No child care, but we can provide quiet activities to help entertain children.

This is a free event; please RSVP to Ramona. Let us know if you have any diet restrictions or allergies, or if you will be bringing children.

What to expect: A facilitated dialogue, followed by directed questions to help the group deliberate options. Time requirement: 2-3 hours for the forum, plus time to review our Ensuring the Future guide beforehand.

About Beyond Dialogue forums:

At CPPS, we believe the best way to solve public problems is for the public to talk about and work through issues together. But many efforts fade after the talk stage, or fail to include people coming from different perspectives.

So we’re working to promote not only rich dialogue, but effective public deliberation. In spring of 2015 we launched A Better Way: The Charles Rolland Initiative for Public Engagement. The Beyond Dialogue forums are part of this initiative. With them, we’re looking to help communities make collective, public decisions about how to help youth succeed.

Beyond Dialogue forums serve two purposes.

  • Help diverse groups of parents and community decide together best options for supporting children
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of our new tool, Ensuring the Future (Kettering_guide_final.)

Parents for Public Schools® National, our umbrella group, created the Ensuring the Future guide along with the Kettering Foundation. It’s based on a yearlong joint learning exchange. The Kettering Foundation studies what it takes to make democracy work.

For more information, or to schedule a forum for your group, contact Ramona Hattendorf, Vice President, Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle. (CPPS)