School contexts and education systems can be complex and can strain the relationships of all stakeholders in education, even with the students and families they are meant to help and serve.  It can be easy to accept that “it is what it is”, depending on one’s own context.  It could also be accepted that there just isn’t enough time to really nurture and sustain the dialogue and trust necessary for good relationships with the parents of a school community.  We can certainly spend time debating what role should do what…

However, recent blog posts by two school administrators were most inspiring in this regard.  I appreciate the time they took to share their thoughts during September’s busy start up in schools.  Through their posts, I remain hopeful that our school environments can allow and value the time required for building trust and relationships that can lead to respectful and meaningful engagement of parents in their child’s educational support and well-being.  I think it is simply humanistic to do so, and to expect support to do so.

From Darcy Mullin,

Parents and communities are more supportive when they trust the school has their child’s best interest at heart. They are more willing to talk and voice concerns when they trust those concerns are being heard.

From Johnny Bevacqua,

I am always struck by the inherent (and required) trust parents place in me.  This trust is one of the foundations that make our schools safe and caring communities of learning.

Thanks again to both of them for the reminders about trust and for sharing their recent experiences, insight and thoughts.  Please read their full posts:

It’s All About Trust by Darcy Mullin @darcymullin

To Inform or Consult? by Johnny Bevacqua  @jvbevaqua