New Faces High Energy & Insightful Discussion
The ASPIRE leadership team was pleased to welcome new faces to the spring semester opening meeting on February 18th. After several spirited rounds of “speed dating,” the group settled into a serious discussion about parent involvement in schools and both positive and negative ways that parents can influence learning and behavior.
The group discussed the diversity among families, noting that few families conform to some of the “norms” historically associated with two parent, suburban family life. The discussion referenced the movie Precious which portrays a situation where the main character and other students must make sense of their places in the world without traditional parental support. Many in the group felt that teachers can make a critical difference in the lives of such children by helping them see education as the tool that will shape more positive life opportunities.