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Episode 7: A Conversation with Dr. David Parker About Building “Authentically Inclusive” Schools

What’s the recipe for student success? Relationships, relationships, relationships. Call it a twist on the “three Rs,” but relationships are truly the foundation of all learning, from the time we are infants enthralled in a game of peek-a-boo to the mentors who influence our path through school, college and the workplace. To borrow an oft-quoted phrase:  Students don’t care what you know (about reading, writing or arithmetic) until they know how much you care. So, how can schools create the right conditions for relationships to flourish? According to Dr. David Allen Parker, they must intentionally work to build, through practice and discipline, “authentically inclusive” classrooms where each and every student, parent and staff member is accepted, celebrated and validated. Earlier this year, the consultant, storyteller and University of Utah professor conducted an authentic inclusion workshop with Canyons District counselors, therapists, nurses and school resource officers, and agreed to chat with us for a few minutes.

Episode 7: A Conversation with Dr. David Parker About Building “Authentically Inclusive” Schools
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