Who helps students' succeed?

Parents? Family? Educators?

A village... A community...

Before children start their journey of education, there are plenty of learned behaviors and skills that are derived from birth. Hopefully, if a child is lucky enough, they have parental or family supports to teach them the basics of love and the sense of security. In a perfect world there are books that are read to each child on a consistent and regular basis. In that same perfect world there are healthy balanced meals provided, as well as healthy positive social relationships formed.

When this is not the case, a student most likely starts school at a different learning level than his/her peers. This does not mean they can not catch up, it means they need a strong support. This is when the "village" begins to grow, starting with the teacher. It is the responsibility of the school and educator to provide healthy food choices and education. It is the teacher's responsibility to detect which students might need more reading time and encourage peer reading groups with different reading levels to have peers helping other peers. Peers are part of the village, but if one peer can help teach another peer, the bond of the village is that much closer.

When possible, and the teacher feel's that it is appropriate, he/she should have open communications with parents and caregivers. This way the entire home and school are one big village and everyone can be on the same understanding about each student and that student's need for developing into a successful adolescent, teenager, young adult, and beyond.