What kind of relationship do you have with the parents in your school community? Service provider/Customer? Supplier/Buyer? Adversaries?
I recently attended a webinar by the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement on the link between parent leadership and student achievement and equity.
One of the presenters from United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) said that, when parents are involved as leaders in a school community, their relationship to schools change. “It is no longer transactional, it’s transformative.”
Think about that for a moment. What if your school could break out of the “transactional” model and become a true partnership? How would having effective parent leaders transform your school community? Transform the parents?
Every school has problems. They have problems that educators can see clearly and they have problems that parents can see clearly. What schools need are solutions. And cutting parents out of the honest and upfront problem/solution conversations in your school will cut your chances of solving the problems in half. That’s just simple math, people!