So much has been written about how poverty affects academic achievement, but what’s been explored much less is the critical role that parental social networking plays—in providing information, access, and opportunity—no matter what a student’s socioeconomic status.
Genevievette Walker-Light foot is one parent who understands that networking with other parents is the best way for her to find out what she calls “intel”—the best schools, programs, and other services her child might need.
A financial and corporate compliance lawyer who is also the mother of 6-year-old Giavrielle Light foot, Walker-Light foot says, “Oftentimes minority parents aren’t a part of those networks, or they don’t have access to that information. Or they don’t know that they should be advocating in that way.”
Not Just for the Gifted
Education Week recently published an article discussing how parental networking makes a huge difference in children’s education. Parents of gifted children may assume the role of advocate because of their children’s unique needs, but every child benefits from having parents who assertively advocate on their behalf—and networking can be part of that.
The article states, “…middle-class parents often engage in more social involvement at school—participating in school committees, parent groups, and volunteering in class, for