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Building the Village: Parents Supporting Educators

Brandi shares her model approach to supporting her children's education - supporting their teachers! Among the heated tensions between parents and the education ecosystem, Brandi shares a refreshing reminder of the village we all must create to provide trusted spaces for our children. Immediate, constructive communication around student behavior can unlock the power of parental support for educators. Through this real-life example, experience how proactive communication and mutual respect can build a stronger foundation for children's success.


Building the Village: Parents Supporting Educators

"Oftentimes my kids get in trouble right at school. And so, for the teachers who communicate, I really appreciate that. So they'll let me know. And I remember one of the first times one of my kids got in trouble and they called, you know, in the schools like they gave me the whole introduction and they tell me everything that the child did.

And then they're waiting for me to get mad at them because that's what happens so many times an administrator or a teacher or somebody will call to tell you about your student. This is pre-pandemic because post-pandemic, everybody learned about their little Johnny's and Suzy's and how they don't behave in the same manner in which they thought they behaved.

Right. But okay, so they called in. They were waiting for me to get mad at them and were surprised when I said, Put my child on the phone and I got mad at my child and we broke down, well, what is the problem? And we got to it because I'm going to correct you right then and there over the phone in front of the administrator, because not that I don't care or I'm worried about whatever.

But the important thing right now is that we get this corrected because obviously it was enough of a problem for me to receive this phone call and that's what does not happen enough, is we don't support the people who are with our kids for 8 hours out of the day and we need to support them in order for them to continue to do their job effectively with our children.

It's just like a circle. It's a vicious cycle, and we're not all doing our part as parents. And then I think that makes, you know, part of the people who work at the schools not want to fully do their part because it's like, what's the point? You know, who likes to get yelled at, who likes to get yelled at?

Why am I going to call you to tell you and keep you informed of what's going on for you to get mad at me instead of holding your child accountable? That happens a lot, right?"

-Brandi Ware


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