DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The Dobbs Ferry book chats started last week and will continue through December as Superintendent Lisa Brady meets with local parents.
The turnout for the book chats has been just what we had hoped for, said Dobbs Ferry PTSA president Lisa Ferrara.
The book chats are based around the book The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner, which Brady read with the board of education and now encourages parents to do so.
It was an excellent opportunity for us to not only discuss the issues that were raised in the text, which we discussed, but we discussed all kinds of other things too related to our schools and the instructional program, Brady said.
The book chats are hosted in local community members homes with groups of 10-to-12 and focus on excerpts from the book and related topics in the school district.
We kept it as a very informal kind of conversation, I know that for me having that opportunity to meet with parents in small groups and really engage in some meaningful dialogue and conversation is really helpful to me, she said.
Brady also said the book chats were helpful in hearing firsthand concerns from local parents.
Parents are very pleased with how open Superintendent Brady is to community discussion and they are happy to be engaged in real dialogue that will affect the future of our district, Ferrara said. The informal small group discussion has benefits both for the district administration and the parent community.
There will be five more book chats with the last one taking place on Dec. 8. Interested parents can sign up directly on the school districts website.
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