Connecting With Home

This post is inspired by Chris Kennedy – Superintendent of West Vancouver School District, and more importantly, proud father of 4.  In September, Chris wrote a post on his blog, Culture of Yes, entitled Some of My Parenting Wishes For This Year. As I read this post in September, I felt myself continually nodding my head in agreement throughout the entire post. Chris’ thoughts on Homework, Communication, Busy Work, Grading, and they things that really matter, just brought tears to my eyes.  These were things I wanted for my kids as well.  These were things I knew were possible, but also things I knew that teachers held close to them and found difficult to change.

Like Chris mentioned, these are things that I also want for all students, not only my own.


In May, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the TEDx West Vancouver. One of the main reasons I wanted to attend was to hear Chris bring his blog post alive and do a talk about his Parenting Wishes for His Kids (and all kids).  What a great opportunity! There were many other wonderful speakers as well!

If you’d like to see Chris’ talk from TEDx, please see the video below. This link will take you to his post about his experience and his slides he presented during his talk.


You see, these are the things I want for my kids.  I want to be involved in my children’s education, but it is difficult when I work the exact same hours my students attend school.  I’m sure Chris and I are not the only parents who feels this way. We really need to think about how we can allow our families to be meaningfully involved in their children’s education.

My daughter has been fortunate to have 3 wonderful, caring teachers.  My son starts kindergarten this coming September.   I just hope that some of those parenting wishes Chris mentioned will be really taken into consideration by all teachers this coming school year. Our kids and their families really do deserve these parenting wishes to be granted.

If you want some more summer inspiration, you might want to check out Chris’ blog for some more of the inspiring TEDx West Vancouver talks from May. They were all truly inspiring and invigorating!

What are your wishes for your child’s education?

How do you help ensure those wishes are granted?


Published by Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.

2 thoughts on “Connecting With Home

  1. Thanks Tia for attending the TEDx events and the kind words. I am convinced there most parents are like us and looking for a deeper relationship with their child’s school. I think you and I have the advantage of knowing and seeing what is possible. Thanks for continuing to be such a caring and thoughtful digital leader!

    1. Hi Chris,
      Yes, I think it is possible! It is sad when parents are such a small part of such a big part of our children’s lives.

      The TEDx event was amazing! I’ve already re-watched many of the talks. They are so inspiring. There really are great things happening in schools today. It’s great to e a small part of it.

      Thank you, Chris, for your ongoing inspiration and leadership.

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