Parents are a huge part of the success of a micro-school. They’re there to advocate for their children and help both the school and its community achieve common goals. But often parents shy away from participating fully because they’ve been taught by traditional institutions that their help isn’t always welcome.

Without the support of families in a smaller school community, those schools wouldn’t be as successful as they could be. In this week’s episode of the Education Evolution podcast, I’m sharing how parents can and should get involved and how school leaders can support parent empowerment.

Whether you’re a start-up micro-school or a school leader looking for new ways to bring parents into the fold of your school community, you’ll find tips and resources that can help you encourage parents to step up and get involved.

Jump Through the Conversation

  • [1:20] Village approach to raising a child
  • [3:10] Big Picture Learning
  • [4:46] Synergy with common goals to maximize learning and development
  • [6:08] Three steps every school leader can take to support parent empowerment in the classroom/micro-school
  • [8:56] Four quadrants of time management
  • [11:46] Maureen’s magic wand

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James Hamilton Healy

James Hamilton Healy is a Best Selling Author, host of Business Innovators Radio and contributor to Small Business Trendsetters and Business Innovators Magazine covering Influencers, Innovators and Trendsetters in Business, Health, Finance and Personal Development.

Maureen O'Shaughnessy, EdD

Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years transforming learning in schools to better serve students. She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a progressive micro-school in Washington State, and is an educational change agent across the globe.