Being a Part of the Cooperative
Being part of a cooperative school is a rewarding experience that gives parents and guardians the opportunity to be an integral part of their child’s education. As a member of the cooperative, your family, your child and the school all benefit from a strong partnership between home and school.
At Stevens Cooperative School, families are invited into the classroom and are active participants in the life of the school. Seeing their child’s class in action, parents and guardians are exposed to the teacher’s education style and can better understand how the curriculum is being implemented. Research shows that this enhanced understanding allows parents and guardians to more easily support their child's educational journey socially, emotionally, and academically. At Stevens, the family voice is incorporated into school-wide decision-making and policy updates in areas that support strategic planning, such as amending school bylaws and voting on new trustees, and as a result, parents and guardians feel an increased sense of ownership and belonging.
The students get to see their parents and guardians as a part of their education. This provides an increased feeling of support and encouragement, and facilitates the development of the student’s self-confidence while boosting classroom motivation. Research shows that students who see their parents and guardians involved in their education are more successful and more likely to feel a sense of belonging. Our families are regularly invited to not only participate in their child’s learning by helping and observing in the classroom, but they are also encouraged to share with the class about family traditions and cultural celebrations, further expanding our student’s global awareness. For students from diverse backgrounds, research has shown that achievement improves as a result of bridging the gap between the culture at home and the school.
Stevens faculty, staff and administration benefit from this home-school partnership as well. Our teachers feel a strong connection and close relationship with their students’ families. The transparency of having a parent or guardian participating in helping parent/guardian days means that the teachers’ communication and rapport with families is enriched. Stevens has so many wonderful families with a vast array of talents that can directly benefit the classroom and the students. Being a member of the cooperative means that families have the opportunity to share their talents when completing their yearly cooperative job.
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