Channel-Talk for The Learning Classroom
[Teacher-talklearning] Session 13
It would be a wonderful world if all schools could be like the two in Session 13. All of the strategies to bring in parents, to make everyone a stakeholder are valid but are difficult to apply in a blighted urban neighborhood. There are few people vested in the community where I teach. They are transient, mostly renters, barely hanging on in these hard times. Parents are wary of the school. Perhaps there own educational experiences were not good and perhaps they feel intimidated by staff who have had more education than they. Parents do not come for Parent Teacher conferences. They appear at school usually only when a student is in trouble and the enforcing of the Uniform Code of Student Conduct mandates their presence. My coworkers and I try to counteract this by phone contact, especially for positive reports on a student, and literally stopping them if you see them in the hall, outside, even at the local Macdonald's. My students' parents care as much about them as any other parent, but
teachers and administration have to make a concerted effort to draw them into the school community.
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Received on Mon Mar 26 2012 - 09:27:48 EDT