DevelopmentalEarly and Middle Childhood

Adult Role Models Inspire Students

A social worker at Parks Middle School in urban Atlanta describes his work with students and families at the school and the role that community service plays in improving results for kids and families at Parks.

Focused attention to student and family needs outside of school has helped Parks change from a chronically failing school to best in the district. Can teachers, sports coaches, club officers, and other community members serve as role models? How do they affect children differently than parents might?

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