Community Café Connects Parents to Resources and Support System
By Natalie A. Nash
There were smiles, applause, nods of affirmation and a wealth of information at the Board of Education’s first annual Community Café at Crete Library. The event was a huge success and attended by over 60 parents, staff and administration.
The topic, When the Numbers Don’t Add Up: How Tutoring Can Help Your Child Succeed in Math
was well received by parents and educators in attendance. Guest panelists Gail Lewis of One-to-One Tutoring and William Daniels of TheMathTutor4U encouraged parents to not be too hard on themselves if they are unable to assist their child with math homework. “That’s what we, as tutors and educators, are here for,” Mr. Daniels said. “The way things were taught when we were in school is not how it’s being taught now,” he added. Teachers and administrators on hand joined the conversation and reminded parents to be sure to connect their child’s tutor with their teacher for maximum success. “It is important to make sure they are on the same page about what your child’s academic needs are,” said Monee Elementary principal JoAnn Jones.
Parents shared a number of stories of their personal challenges and successes with accessing resources for their student. “It was so nice to hear other people have some of the same issues that I have,” one parent said. At the end of the evening, parents were given the Parent Road Maps for Math
as a resource to help them understand how to support their student in their grade level math.
The Community Café was created to provide a casual environment for parents and community to discuss ideas about how to improve our schools, receive important information, and connect with other parents and our network of educational experts. “Keep coming and stay involved,” Board Member Mike Turay said to the engaged crowd. “We want parents to know that they are not alone and we are all in this together. The Board Education understands that resources are not always readily available but we want the Cafes to facilitate the important dialogue that helps us gain insight into the needs of our community,” said Board Secretary Kimberly Sanders.