Well before the school was completed and the first classes were taught, Ayeyarwaddy International School leaders met with parents and their children, community members, local educators, local consultants, and international experts in education in order to best meet the needs of the community we serve. Once school began, we continued our open-door policy, allowing parents and students to help shape our school. We gathered suggestions from parents, students, and teachers each month and publicly posted the suggestions with our responses to demonstrate to the community both that we hear their voices and that we are responding to them. In addition, we have conducted formal meetings with parents and community members in order to explain more fully various aspects of the school, to discuss with them our plans for the future, and to openly discuss any questions or concerns that parents have. As we moved into our second year, we developed a formal PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) with members who represented the parents of each class, the faculty, and other stakeholders.