JPS conference teaches parents play key role - - Jackson, MS

JPS conference teaches parents play key role

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By Maggie Wade - bio| email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Parents play a key role in how successful their school system is.  That was the message Thursday at the annual Jackson Public Schools (JPS) Parent Conference.

Parents heard speakers and attended workshops designed to show them ways to help their children learn and thrive.

The theme of the conference, "The ultimate partnership is the village listening," comes from the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child."  

School leaders reminded parents that educators are just one element of the village.

"We want to share with our parents and equip them with every skill that they need in order to be successful with their children," said State and Federal Programs Executive Director Dr. Carri Pillers.  "We want to bond with the parents.  We want to be a partner."

JPS Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Edwards told parents children spend about 85 percent of their time under their influence and 15 percent in school settings; therefore, without parents, schools won't succeed.

I was honored to serve as Thursday night's guest speaker.

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