Seeing that parents are crucial to their students' success, I decided to put them second in order behind board members. So, parents, you also can improve in your role in your school. In looking at the coming year why not make the following resolutions?
- I will spend more time helping my child learn
- I will ask the teacher for suggestions for solving problems
- I will spend time volunteering in the classroom
- I will become more aware of the political challenges my charter school faces
- I will understand the needs of the school as a whole and its community and not just my child
- I will take any criticism to the proper sources
- I will hold the school accountable for its role in the educational process
- I will hold myself accountable for my role in the educational process
The biggest factors in student learning are parent involvement and teacher quality. So, parents, resolve to support your child in school. Don't criticize the school to your student. If you have criticism go through channels to resolve the problem and be gracious. Running a charter school is a difficult task. Through my past employment and current work, I'm pretty familiar with the operation of at least a dozen charter schools in Colorado. None of the leaders, whether of young or veteran schools, have said, "This is easy."
Positive parents who work with their students at home and ensure they are keeping up are the greatest educational gifts for both students and teachers. Charter schools can be great educational models for children and society. One key is parents and school working together as a team.