At the beginning of this year, I perused the list, mostly out of interest, and immediately possibilities began jumping out at me. A parent who does climate change research on Vermont forests; perfect for my senior Ecological Economics class! A father who has spent a lot of time working in central and eastern Africa; perfect for my students who are collaborating on a project with students in Mzuzu, Malawi! And another parent who is a professor of philosophy & religion at St. Michael's College, just down the road; what an opportunity for my 9th grade religions unit.
It's a win-win-win. The parents are honored to be invited to help teach a class. The teacher and the students get an enriched curriculum and experience. And the school develops an even stronger relationship with its parent community. What's not to like?!