Parents and teachers weigh in on having each others’ backs

Here’s some advice on working together during this challenging school year.

Let’s face it: Remote learning wasn’t exactly a success the first time around. Spring’s abrupt school closures sent teachers scrambling to connect with students and left parents struggling to support children at home.

Katie Foss, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, says tech was such an issue in her children’s district that their school made all work optional and didn’t allow online classes. Her 8- and 11-year-old quickly felt disconnected and lost their motivation.

“We knew the teachers very much wanted to be in contact with the students,” she says. “They just couldn’t.”