L.A. Unified to spend $20 million on parent centers is the headline of an article in today’s Los Angeles Times.
I generally don’t tend to be a big fan of these kinds of parent centers because they are often well-intentioned efforts to “do to” parents (involvement) instead of “doing with” (engagement). It can have a kind of “if you build it, they will come” perspective. Instead, I’d rather have resources devoted to supporting teachers and other school staff go out and visit with parents, listen to their needs and desires, and then have parents work together — with school support — to figure out what they want.
They might, or might not, want a parent center.
Of course, it’s easier to just build a room….
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