How important is parent participation in education

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How important is parent participation in education

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A parent's role in a child's education is really vital. And it doesn't matter about the educational level of attainment of the parent. Their job is to be a partner with the school, to encourage their children, to motivate them, and to expose them. No really good schools anywhere in this country are able to really teach fully a child without the participation of the parent in the process. I often experience with parents their desire for their children to be at the top of the class. And one of the things I would love to be able to say to parents is relax. Children learn at different speeds and at different ages and at different times. We talk about ages and stages in school for a reason, because not every child is going to read by first grade. And not every child is going to love math by fourth grade. So what I wish parents would do is give their children the time and space to figure it out a little bit on their own and struggle a little bit more before they try and rescue them with tutors.

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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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