A true community of lifelong learners involves the whole family and Athenian is committed to creating opportunities for parents to get involved. We welcome your participation, whether through volunteering your time, attending sports events, donating items to the auction, or becoming active in the Athenian Parent Association (APA). Our parent population overflows with talent and energy and we value your contribution. Learn about ways to engage in our Parent Engagement Guide.
We invite parents to explore the resources available to you through Athenian's library and the APA (including a parent Mindfulness class), as well as the articles below, recommended by faculty and staff.
Have you ever wondered what Athenian means when we say we "teach through relationships"? Art teacher Stacey Goodman explores this theme as a blogger for Edutopia, examining his own educational experience as a youth and his journey as a teacher. Teaching through relationships "embeds formal knowledge in the world in which it actually belongs and from which it is born: that of the complex, historical, and social world of being human."
A quick 6 minute TED talk to remind us ALL that we "lead" each and every day. And perhaps, we don't even know it!
A very eloquent reminder or "refocuser" that WHY we do something is more important than pretty much everything else. I believe, with this focus, it will actually provide us with, well, more focus and effectiveness!
A favorite of mine from legendary basketball and life teacher John Wooden: simple yet powerful foundational reminders of the difference between winning and success.
--Recommended by Matt Zahner, Middle School Faculty and Men's and Women's Soccer Coach
Here is an inspiring Ted talk about a virtual choir project that included more than 2,000 people from 58 countries. The conductor’s/composer’s observations about what participants experienced (at about 11:12 minutes in the talk) and participant reflections about what it meant to be involved in the project (collected via Facebook) give an indication of the potential of online collaboration. --Recommended by Suzanne Falkenstein, Director of Technology
Lauren Brown, MFT, School Program Coordinator of the Danville Police Department, spoke to the APA about drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers. Take a look at her presentation for tips and resources on working with young adults on these issues.