2013-11-22 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

One of the greatest tools at our disposal is relationships. I have learned that by being in the right place at the right time or just being where the spirit leads, you find yourself in harmony with what's going on. On Monday at 6:00 p.m., I walked into a workshop being given at the Queens library by Queen Makkada who is a consultant and advocate.

"This workshop was created to empower parents by ensuring their children’s academic success through NCLB- No Child Left Behind," she said. “One of the strongest resources in our community is Title 1 No Child Left Behind. It is important that you pay attention to what I am saying. The education of our children is first and foremost. There needs to be a partnership between the parents and teachers to ensure that our children receive the best education possible.”

The branch librarian Sharon Anderson provided laptops for each parent to access data that measures student academic achievement. This is a mandate of Title 1 NCLB for parent involvement, parents using technology to move children academically. In a nut shell, it was a blessing to be there. We were able to get some vital information. There was dinner provided so that mothers and their children were able to grab a bite to eat. I hope the parents who attended take what they learned into their homes and share what is going on in their children's school with their family and neighbors.

Borrowing the slogan from the NY lottery 'you have to be in it to win it," this applies to our children's education and their lives. As parents "you have to be in it to win it." Our children's future, our community’s future is predicated on the involvement and awareness of parents as partners.

Tell me what you think; email your thoughts and comments to me at shiverswave@gmail.com. Don't forget you got to be in it to win it.

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