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in their children’s education. “The teachers are open [to the parents at Rose Park], and the administrators [are] too,” PTSO President Alexis Lewis said. “I can say that’s not the case in a lot of schools.” “Rose Park Promising Practice: Empowering Parents” http://www.tnscore.org/scoreprize/ downloads/2012/Rose_Park_Math_and_ Science_Magnet_Promising_Practice.pdf Parents say teachers at the school make an effort to understand the personal experiences of students and work hard to consider these factors in their educational planning and instruction. “We have some parents who don’t speak English well. Sometimes those parents aren’t as interested in talking to the teachers,” one parent said. “Teachers will go out to the cars and have those conversations. They really understand the cultural diversity. They are really making that effort to get the parents where they need to be.” Part of the message Rose Park administrators and staff members share with families is that positive relationships are formed when everyone at the school shows enthusiasm for learning, an authentic desire to be at the school, and eagerness to engage with students. “I think the difference at our school is fidelity,” Blankenship said. “Our teachers work very hard to make sure students and parents know where [students] are [academically]. Many of our teachers do much more than they need to do and they care. Our students can tell and I think that makes the difference.” The school provides academic training programs for family members so they can be learners alongside their children and active participants in their students’ learning communities. Family Math Night is one example of educational training involving parents. During the event, students and their family members apply math to solve real-life problems. Coordina ѕ