Largest FREE Education Resource Event for Puget Sound Families, Washington State Education Ombudsman to Speak
Attendees Entered-To-Win $2,500 Tuition Credit
Courtesy of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union
Bellevue, WA – Savvy parents, get educated for free! ParentMap is Seattle’s premier resource for local parents and families, and coming October 11, they are offering up the area’s largest, free education event at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center. The Education Extravaganza brings 80+ schools, learning specialists, tutors, extracurricular activities, and morefrom Seattle, the Eastside, and beyond, together under one roof in an effort to make supporting your families’ education needs that much easier.
Attendees of the Education Extravaganza will also have the opportunity to listen to local education leaders speak on age-specific hot topics throughout the event:
5:15-5:45 PM -- JACKIE FERRADO, Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET): Funding Your Child’s College Education
The only thing that’s growing faster than your child is the cost of college tuition. While we all know that it’s better to start saving when your child is 3 rather than 13, the reality is that saving for collegeseems like a daunting, if not impossible, task. How do you save for collegewhen the cost of childcare is just as expensive? What if your savings are not enough? Jackie Ferrado is the Outreach Manager for the Guaranteed EducationTuition Program (GET), Washington’s 529 prepaid college tuition program. Jackie will share her extensive knowledge about the programs out there that can help you can get your savings on track NOW so your child can fulfill his or her dreams for the future.
6:00-6:30 PM -- ANOO PADTE, education coach: Elementary School: Finding the Right Fit
Identifying the right school is not impossible but it can be confusing. Many factors like learning styles, teachers, curriculum, school location, public vs. private school, and financial commitment raise questions for well-meaning parents. Education coach (Art of Education), Anoo Padte will speak to Education Extravaganza attendees about not only kindergarten readiness as it applies to preparing for elementary school, but she will also break down those larger questions related to seeking the right fit, and provide relevant tips and tools to help parents feel empowered and educated in their search.
6:45-7:15 PM -- SHERRY CATRON-BURKE, Committee for Children: Digital Tween Fads: Navigating Healthy Boundaries
Facebook, e-mail, cell phones, iPads, virtual reality games—the variety of ways in which tweens can be sucked into a zombie-like state from which it seems they may never emerge is, quite frankly, frightening. Today’s parents are faced with a rapidly changing, ever-widening landscape of choices (and anxieties) around use and abuse of technology—how much is too much? How young is too young? How do you guide kids away from online trouble? Sherry Catron Burke is the Director of Programs, Partnerships, and Research at Committee for Children and will be talking with parents at the Education Extravaganza about how to navigate these tricky parenting moments. Through social and emotional skills, such as impulse control, empathy and perspective-taking, assertiveness and communication skills, emotion management, and problem-solving, you help your tween develop healthy relationships, both online and off.
7:30-8:00 PM -- ADIE SIMMONS, Washington State Education Ombudsman: Support Your Child’s Success: Positive School-Family Partnerships
Adie Simmons, M.Ed., was hired by the Governor’s Office in 2006, as the first Washington State Education Ombudsman and is founding Director of the Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO). The OEO resolves disputes and conflict between parents and public school officials and promotes school-family partnerships. Adie will be at the Education Extravaganza talking to parentsabout how and why to cultivate positive relationships with their child’s school to support their academic progress now and in the future.
Bring the Kids, Fun For Families: The Education Extravaganza boasts several kid-friendly elements as well, including an educationally-themed, family magic show by Jeff Evans of Edumazement (edumazing.com), and a craft table in the lobby space of the event. Families can take a break from touring the education resources and head to these engaging activities.
PRIZES! All Education Extravaganza event attendees will be entered-to-win a $2,500 tuition credit toward their child’s educational costs, courtesy of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. Those who RSVP online and attend the event, will also be entered-to-win a family four-pack of tickets to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Schools and programs present at the Education Extravaganza come from Bellevue, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Olympia, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle and beyond. The current list of participating schools and organizations will be available online.
For more event information and to RSVP, visit parentmap.com/education-extravaganza