Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The drive for education reform



Book encourages “one team, one goal” to foster higher student achievement
by D. C. Sistrunk


Improving the quality of public school education cannot be accomplished without the collaboration of school, home and community. That is the basis of Educational Reform: The Role and Responsibility of School, Parents, Students and Communities by Carletta D. Washington.

Washington is a St. Louis educator. She works off the premise that “one team, one goal” is critical in fostering improved student achievement and preparing our children for their journey into the real world. The message holds as much value for parents as it does the education community and policy makers.

The author makes many compelling points when she addresses educators – from superintendents and school board members to classroom teachers. Among her key points:

• The keys to education are inside each and every educator.

• In the midst of all that drives [them], educators must reclaim the respect that so rightfully belongs to them and their profession.


Washington also goes into great detail about the importance of parent involvement. She offers specific tips to teachers and parents on how to better engage each other – on the importance of working together to achieve common goals.

Washington's book is a must-read for anyone who values academic success for all children, empowered teachers and informed parents. It centers around that often-quoted African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Educational Reform: The Role and Responsibility of School, Parents, Students and Communities is published by Prioritybooks Publications of St. Louis. For more information about the book or its author, visit Prioritybooks.com or Washington's website, Education 4 All.

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8 comments:

Jaimie said...

I'm sorry I've been gone so long! Stella has been sick and I've been extremely busy. Hope all is well with you!

Deb Sistrunk said...

Jaimie: I've missed you! I hope Stella is better. My daughter has been sick, too, so I am still trying to catch up on visting other blogs. Don't work too hard.
Thanks for stopping by.

Ms. Vickie said...

As I was about to say education is so important I glanced up and looked at the title of your blog Education by Sistrunk.

Deb Sistrunk said...

Ms. Vickie: You're always such a delight. :-)

Len said...

"In the midst of all that drives [them], educators must reclaim the respect that so rightfully belongs to them and their profession."

I could not agree with this statement more. The respect for the profession is dwindling, we can't continue to allow this to happen. Teachers are our pillars. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks!

Deb Sistrunk said...

Len: I think educators, parents and anyone else with an interest in education will find this book very informative. It has great tips for parents, educators and those who form education policy.

Rose said...

I read this book and there are many tips to encourage the teachers, communities and parents. Afterall, this young woman is a teacher so her ideas for mentoring teachers are great!

DCS said...

Rose: Thanks so much for the tip.