Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar in this blog post explains why, as an elementary- and middle-school teacher, she wrapped up the first day of class every year by calling the parents of each of her students to make a positive comment about each student's first day -- and then followed up those initial calls with many more throughout the year. "If every teacher allocated 15 minutes a day to calling parents with good news, the impact could be tremendous," Aguilar writes.

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