As I read The Dreamkeepers by Gloria Ladson-Billings, I was very interested in the problem of what should the role of parents be in terms of level of involvement in their child's schooling. Ladson-Billings mentioned how when she was a child that her parents rarely came to her school, however if the teacher needed them, they were a phone call away. I believe that at my school, which services the highest percentage of students currently residing in homeless shelters of any school in CPS, where students' families have a much higher mobility rate than typical families, it is essential for teachers and the school community to help those parents stay engaged and involved in school activities as much as possible. That continues to be my main goal with my Imagine-It, and as the school year progresses into the second quarter, with the help of my students and colleagues, I plan to continue to pursue innovative ways of encouraging more direct involvement with my students' parents and overcoming any obstacles that stand in the way! This includes hosting a Family Science Night, ongoing face to face meetings, and eventually, students sharing their own tinker tale videos on the web and parents having a space to respond with their own thoughts to the learning of STEM in our classroom!
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