As a parent I often feel like Iâ€™m sitting on the sidelines of my childâ€™s educational journey. Iâ€™m watching, hoping, cheering, but I am simply a bystander. I am the parent who knows about my kidsâ€™ schools through the monthly newsletters. That just feels wrong. Often times we hear school leaders talk about the importance of parent involvement in student success. What Iâ€™m wondering is if parents really even know and understand what is expected of them.
As a working mother, how am I an integral part of my childâ€™s educational journey? Iâ€™m supposed to be a part of the solution for the issues facing education today? But how? What does that look like? Does it look different for my middle school son than it does for my high school daughter. Does it mean more that baking brownies, being a room mother, and joining PTA? And what if my hours are 9-5? School is from 8-3. Where can I belong? What are the avenues to capture parents skills, talents, and engagement?
For all of us who are parents and want the best for our children, what do you think? Weâ€™re open for discussion.