Because of the unique challenges of the UMS model, an active, relevant family education program is not only necessary but essential for all of us to succeed in the difficult task of co-partnering for our students’ moral, spiritual and academic education.
Moreover, to keep parents “confident, competent, encouraged and informed” in their roles as co-partners, the school provides a number of opportunities for training, encouragement, problem-solving, and education. All University Model® schools are expected to create and run relevant and timely family education programs.
All professionals must continually study, take classes and often recertify to keep abreast of changes in their fields and parenting is no exception. Because we exist in a culture that no longer supports our values, we must come together to strengthen one another morally, spiritually and academically as well. In addition, since many of our parents have grown up in an American culture that is opposed to our values as Christians, many times parents have to un-learn a number of things in order to be successful partners in this model. Therefore it is vital that periodically parents and school come together to share information.
Over the next few years we will be developing a more helpful, more comprehensive family education program. To that end, some meetings we expect all stakeholders to attend—these meetings are published well in advance and reminders are sent out frequently weeks before these events occur. Other meetings will be optional while others may not be mandatory, but highly recommended. In addition the school will hold brown-bag or coffee shop meetings on topics of special interest to any parents who are interested. Social media use, teen relationships, perfectionism, and strategies for parenting different personalities and temperaments are some examples.
In the next few years we hope to develop multiple opportunities for parents to stay informed and current in their co-teaching roles. Blogs, Posts, special meetings, video and audio resources on our website and the like will be some of the many ways we hope to do this.
Because we are a school community, and because our relationships with one another are vital; because we have selected this model of education because it supports the authority of the parents in the home, coming together on a regular basis for training, encouragement, information, and direction is not optional, but crucial to the success of our mission.