With school staff so often swamped with other responsibilities, connecting with families can become another item on everyone’s already lengthy to-do list. This results in efforts to bring people in that are quick or convenient, rather than a strategic approach tailored to meet the needs of the school’s unique community.
For Patrick Synan, having a parent coordinator has made a huge impact on his students. He practically gushes over her in this month’s Chalk Talk: “Nina is one of the kindest people I know, filling our halls with an endless supply of energy and a radical sense of practical idealism. She gets people clothes who need clothes, food who need food, and helps students who have the time, resources, and spirit to put those things back into our school or those who just need a hand. She is the axis of the school community.”
Make no mistake, coming together isn’t always easy.