How busy, working parents can stay involved

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Most parents today have very busy personal and professional lives. And they wonder how they can possibly be involved in their children's school. Well there are lots of ways. The first thing to do is ask. What can I do to help the school and to help my child in school? Good schools have lots of projects for parents that enable them to be involved outside of their working hours as well during their school day. So ask the administrator, ask the school how you can be helpful. Sometimes there are even things that you can do at home to be helpful to the school. Secondly, always make those appointments to check in periodically. Honor the parent conference days that are set up. And make sure that you go in with the questions that you need to have answered, but also willing to share the child that you see come home every day, because the child that you see come home sometimes is not the child that the teachers see at school. And lastly avail yourself of every opportunity the school has to educate yourself as parents. Most schools today have wonderful parent education programs. Don't let those seats in that classroom or in that auditorium be empty because you don't want to take the time to come to school at night to learn something that may help you be a better parent and may help you be a better parent partner for the school and in support of your child.

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Reveta Bowers

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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