Rochonda Nenonene: Parents are a big part of the solution
Don’t negate the power of parents. Parents can give you insight on the needs of their child. Nobody else can tell you that better than the parents, right? Aside from the student.
I’ve seen so many schools where, when they let parents devise parent training programs that’s when they get greater buy-in because that’s when parents know they have a voice in that school — a regular time they can express their concern in developing programs to meet the needs of those particular students. That’s where I’ve seen it be most effective.
The region needs to see Dayton is really a hub that will indicate either our community is going to grow, or our community is going to shrink. So the more we invest in the people who come out of Dayton Public Schools, the stronger our community is.
Nenonene is director of the Urban Teaching Academy at the University of Dayton.
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