Bridging the gap: teachers and parents come together for student success

Bridging the gap: teachers and parents come together for student success
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POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 4:02pm

As many parents may agree, having an effective teacher is vital to the success of your child, but as a parent, you have to do your part too.

Local school administrators believe there's a growing problem between parent and teacher communication in our community. That's why Southern University wants to help bridge that gap.

"If you can reach even just that one child, it's all worth it."

Lisa Jarreau's passion is teaching. She's been a teacher for nearly 14 years.

"If you can reach even just that one child, it's all worth it," Jarreau said. "I love teaching. I've always loved interacting with students and our youth."

But as a teacher, she's seen a growing problem with parent and teacher communication.

"Because bridging the home and school is very, very key to a school being successful, a district people successful, and our communities being successful," Jarreau explained.

That's why Lisa, along with more than a hundred of other parents, teachers, and administrators are here at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, to help solve that problem.

"It's very important that we keep and open line with parents... to learn more resources and avenues to better reach those parents and keep that open line of communication for the students."

That's Kena Williams' goal too.

"I think it's very important for parents to be involved in their kids' education," Williams said.

Kena has three kids and they go to Parkridge Academic Magnet School. . She said even though she's involved in her kids education, not enough parents are. So, she hopes to spread what she learns to other parents.

"I'm hoping to take away more skills on how to be more involved and how to get our community involved," Williams said.

Dr. Barbara Carpenter is the dean of international affairs at Southern University. She said it's not just the parents and teachers, it's going to take the entire community.

"Each year we try to do a topic that's current and of significance to people in the community, and so parental and teacher involvement is critical," Carpenter said. "That it takes all of us to work together to make sure we do what we need to do for the betterment of our students."

This is the first conference of its kind hosted by Southern, and they plan to have more workshops, like this one, in years to come.  

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