At my daughter Neela’s old school, she used to get into trouble sometimes for talking too much in class. It’s a family trait — I talked nonstop as a young girl. But when she switched to a charter school last August, the teachers chose to see this as a strength rather than something to frown upon. Throughout remote learning, they’ve invited Neela to join in on virtual lunches with other students who might not be so outspoken — because she’s always able to draw them out. It makes her feel more confident as a young leader.