How Nashville Classical Increases Parent Involvement

Nashville Classical News is a student-run print and digital newspaper at Nashville Classical Charter School. Scholar reporters in grades 1-5 write on topics ranging from investigations into cafeteria food to the secret lives of teachers. You can follow their stories on Instagram @nashvilleclassicalnews. For this story, they interviewed a collection of staff and parents to better understand how schools can increase parent involvement.

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Kelli Gauthier
Why I Teach at STRIVE Collegiate Academy

The innovative environments of public charter schools make their instructional practices and school cultures unique. This environment is what draws many families to choose a public charter school, and the same is true for teachers. We asked some of the teachers at STRIVE Collegiate Academy why they chose to teach there, and this is what they said.

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Kelli Gauthier
At KIPP Nashville, My Daughters Feel Seen

Thanks to the vision of KNCPE’s school leader, Christa Thomas, Azizah can be herself and feels genuinely seen and appreciated for who she is, right down to her hair. My daughter has black teachers who look like her and know how to pronounce her name. It may seem like a small thing, but in a world where many children feel like they have to disappear to fit into the main stream culture, my seven-year-old has a life inside and outside our home where she feels significant – as significant as any child should feel growing up. 

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