Leveraging Parent Expertise for Student Success

By January 26, 2017 Head's Blog

Leveraging Parent Expertise for Student Success-1

Our school is supported by an impressive parent community. Our Parents’ Association organizes events, including the upcoming Father Daughter Ball and Elmwood Gala, and runs a number of initiatives, including the Pound, Eagles’ Nest and decor committee. The school would not be the same without these dedicated volunteers.

One other way that parents help the school is by bringing their expertise to our classrooms. This week we thought we would share with you how three Elmwood parents share their diverse talents and expertise to benefit the girls. Dr. Husein Moloo brought the operating room to our Grade 5 classroom. Each week Scott Parkinson brings his passion for and expertise in mathematics to our Math Olympiads Club. Dr. Randi Klebanoff inspired our art students with her knowledge of Renaissance Art History. We are incredibly grateful to these parents for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. If you have a passion or an area of expertise that you would like to share with our students, please let us know. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with you.

An essential aspect of collaboration is that it is reciprocal. With this in mind, we’ve invited Dr. Laura Choate to share her knowledge in girls’ development, on Thursday, February 9th at 7 p.m. in the gym. Dr. Choate is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a counselor educator at Louisiana State University and a mother of a preteen daughter. Dr. Choate’s concern about the unattainable standards popular culture tells today’s girls they must live up to led to her third book, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture.

Dr. Choate’s book draws upon cutting-edge research and years of counselling literature to arm parents—particularly those with Junior and Middle School girls—with practical tips and insights into topics such as:

  • Understanding negative cultural trends for girls and how they can learn to resist these messages
  • Promoting positive body image, a key aspect of her overall self-esteem
  • Helping daughters to maintain healthy relationships with friends and future romantic partners
  • Directing daughters to navigate high-achieving academic environments

Attendees will leave armed with a set of straightforward tools for building resilience and positive body image. Following her presentation, there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by Dr. Choate. Please click here to RSVP.

We hope you enjoy reading about our parents in the classroom and that you are able to join us for Dr. Choate’s presentation. Please feel free to invite friends and family as well—the event will be open to the public.

Warm regards,

About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.