“Shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection…Is there something about me, that if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection? The things I can tell you about it is, that it’s universal, we all have it, the only people who don’t experience shame have no capacity for human empathy or connection. No one wants to talk about it, and the less you talk about it, the more you have it.”
-Brene Brown

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. Really seen.”
– Brene Brown

“The people who have a sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging”
– Brene Brown

In my role in nurturing Family and Community Engagement at Paramount School of Excellence, I am thinking about….

How are we creating opportunities for students and families to be seen in our school communities?

How can we eliminate the sense of struggle for belonging to a school community ?

How do parents deal with “shame and vulnerability” as barriers to a fluent engagement with the school community? (both classroom teachers and admin)

How do we as a whole school community create opportunities for authentic belonging? How can we draw on parent’s strengths to make spaces and opportunities in school life for this?