bridging the gap between home and school

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These core ideas are the foundation of Building the Bridge.
 
I am a life long educator with a diverse portfolio of work. I'm also a parent.
 

When teachers talk about parent engagement, they discuss it in staff meetings. When parents talk about what they want to change about the school, they talk with a trusted friend.

What if there was a place where instead of talking about the divide, parents and schools talked across the divide?

What if there was a place where instead of talking about the divide, parents and schools talked across the divide?

Building the Bridge is that place.  Here you will find articles and concrete things you can do, today, to improve the home/school connection. Although the content is tailored to the specific needs of parents or educators, both parties get the same information. And each article, tip, and idea boils down to this: You can reach across that divide and here’s how.

 

These core ideas are the foundation of Building the Bridge:

  • We can improve the way all parents and schools work together. In doing so, we will create stronger communities, thriving students, and reignite a passion in the teaching profession. (teachers who feel sustained and supported).  

  • Parents love their children and have an unparalleled influence on the academic success of their children.

  • Teachers care deeply about their students and work hard to help them succeed.

  • Anyone can learn how to bridge the gap between parent and home.

  • The bridge between home and school must be built from both sides of the divide. A one-sided bridge will fall.

Read more about how the Building the Bridge started.

I am a lifelong educator with diverse portfolio of work. I have taught in public schools, private schools, community centers, and libraries. I have written curriculum for all levels, grants for afterschool programs, and passionate letters to school boards.

But I have also sat at the kitchen table and battled homework with my three children. I have watched my kids walk into a new school in a country where we don’t speak the language. I have felt the angst of a parent who sees their child struggle to read.

I know the gap between home and school from both sides. So I want to be the translator, the bridge builder, the person who helps the two sides work together to transform our school communities.

If you believe in the mission of Building the Bridge, join us! Sign up for the newsletter. Send me an idea for an article. Connect with Building the Bridge on Facebook. Also, Building the Bridge requires hundreds of hours of research and writing, in addition to the cost of hosting a website. If you want to help build this bridge, consider donating financially to the cause.

Amanda Hamilton Roos

 
 

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