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Parent Power Booklet
Monday, February 07, 2011

From the U.S. Department of Education. "By adopting the principles and taking the steps indicated for each age group, you will be able to help your child learn at each step of the way and ensure success in school and in life."

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Edutopia Home to School Guide
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

"This practical guide shares tips, tools, and strategies to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities. Many suggestions have come from Edutopia community members who have contributed a host of good ideas in blogs and online discussion groups (edutopia.org/groups). We’ve included a wide range of suggestions that should appeal to parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members who care about improving education."

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Parent Teacher Interviews/Conferences
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Tips for Effective Conferences"

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Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"You may have met with your child's teacher when the school year began. By the time the conference rolls around, several weeks will have passed; this means you, your child, and his teacher should all have a better sense of your child's struggles and strengths. How can you organize your comments and concerns? Here are factors to consider"

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The Parent-Teacher Conference: Five Must-Ask Questions
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"In order to help your child have a successful school year, you need to know what is expected of her, academically, from now until June. You can find out by asking some questions. Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference. And don't forget to take notes!"

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State Laws on Family Engagement in Education
Friday, December 11, 2009

This "publication from the National PTA provides key facts, background, analysis, noteworthy statutes, and policy recommendations for state PTAs and other family and child advocates for crafting successful school-family engagement legislation at the state level. The reference guide has two declared purposes. It provides information on family engagement provisions within state education laws, so that families can better advocate for their children's education on the school and district levels. It also guides policymaker and advocate development of legislative reform initiatives, as well as efforts to monitor implementation of laws already in place."

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Checklist for an Effective Parent-School Partnership
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

One way to start improving your school's parent-school partnerships is by assessing present practices and establishing standards for parent involvement. The following questions can help you evaluate how well your school is reaching out to parents.

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Organizations
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"The following list of organizations provide assistance to parents and schools in their goal to improve the academic, social, and emotional health of children. The organizations listed here have excellent resources on their websites."

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PTA
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

PTA.org will help you become informed and involved in your children's education.

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Tips for Parents: School Fundraising
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In a time when school budgets often cover only the basics, many parent groups recognize school fundraisers as a way to pay for sports, computer, music and arts programs and equipment.  And while these campaigns can be helpful, the right planning is necessary to be really successful.  Before you choose a school fundraising campaign, be sure to review these school fundraising tips.

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Tips for Parents: Parental Involvement Makes a Difference in School Success
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recent research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education proves that parental involvement makes a significant different in a child's school success.

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Video: Reducing Homework Pains
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

3 tips to avoid homework stress.

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Video: POP QUIZ-Parent Involvement
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How well are you doing at being involved in your student's education?

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Video: Parent Involvement
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

2 important ways to be involved in your child's education.

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Video: On Target Homework
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Learn how to use "on target" homework as an altenative to busy work.

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Video: Improving Your Child's Memory
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Memory is a matter of effective technique and training.

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Video: Homework
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why parents should resist doing their child's homework.

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Video: Global and Analytic Learners
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Is your child a global or analytic learner?  Why it's important to know.

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Video: Getting off to a Good Start
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Signs your child is making academic progress in their early years of school.  

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Video: Fathers and Kids=School Success
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A father's involvement is a major factor in a child's success.

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Video: Expectations-The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Why parent and teacher expectations are self-fulfilling prophecies for children.

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Video: Contact the School
Friday, April 11, 2008

3 ways to let your school know you want to be involved.

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Video: A Parent's Guide to Homework
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Learn why the right kind of homework increases student achievement.

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Video: A Checklist for Checking-In at School
Tuesday, April 08, 2008

5 tips for a successful parent-teacher conference.

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Tips for Parents: Your Role in School Success
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Learn how to get involved in your child's education in effective ways. Includes homework DOs and DONTs, and 10 questions to ask your child about their day at school.

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Tips for Parents: Visiting Your Child’s Class
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand the importance of visiting your child's classroom and learn ways to find time with even the busiest schedule.

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Tips for Parents: Parent Involvement
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Understand why parent involvement is essential to academic success and ways you can get involved.

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Tips for Parents: Expectations
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

How parents' and teachers' expectations for a child become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Tips for Parents: Homework
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tips for ending the homework battle and showing your interest in your child's education.

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Tips for Parents: Global vs. Analytic Learners
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Learn the global and analytic learning styles and identify your child's preferred learning style.

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Tips for Parents: Math
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why it's important to show enthusiasm for math and tips for helping your child succeed.

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Tips for Parents: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, March 24, 2008

Tips to be sure you're prepared for the next parent-teacher conference.

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School.FamilyEducation.com
Monday, March 17, 2008

“You'll find information for parents on the educational issues affecting your child in every grade level — from preschool through high school. Find homework help, skill-building tips in every school subject, educational printables and worksheets, plus advice on report cards and talking with the teacher.”

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Questions Parents Ask About Schools
Monday, March 17, 2008

The research-based tips in this publication provide both practical guidance and valuable information about a range of topics, including: preparing your child for school; knowing what to expect from your child’s kindergarten teacher; monitoring school work; working with schools and teachers effectively; helping your child with reading and homework; and ensuring that your child’s school is safe and  drug-free.  Provided by the US Department of Education. Also in Spanish.

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Parent Teacher Organization Today (PTO)
Sunday, March 09, 2008

The PTO offers inspiration and resources for parent groups working with schools.  They offer tips and other information for fundraising, getting parents involved, and sponsoring a family school night, as well planning kits, news, articles, and a blog.

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Parents, Check It Out!: Key Things Parents Can Do to Make Sure their Children are Prepared for the 21st Century
Sunday, March 09, 2008

Key things parents can do to make sure their children are prepared for the 21st century.  From the US Department of Education.

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National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Thursday, March 06, 2008

News articles such as “Public to Drive School Reforms,” and “Disney Says it Will Link Marketing to Nutrition.”  With a large parent resources department, publications, an “Issues and Action” department, and leadership resources.  Also available in Spanish.

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National Education Association
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Members and educators page with activities, booklists, and professional development resources; a parents’ page with information on parental involvement, parent-teacher conference pointers, and homework help.  Also discusses issues in education and has multiple other resources.

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National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Provides a “framework for family involvement” in parent/school partnerships, a list of 402 organizations to contact for additional resources, a “What’s Happening” department, reports such as “It Takes a Parent:  Transforming Education in the Wake of the No Child Left Behind Act,” and a section for disabilities education.

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Math Moves U
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A super cool site with ideas and games designed to make math fun.  A recent survey found that "84% of kids 10-13 would rather clean their rooms, eat vegetables, or go to the dentist than do their math homework."

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Homework Checklist for Parents
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The history of homework, how much is enough, how parents can help, and general tips are included in this 10 page guide from the US Department of Education. Also available in Spanish.

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Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting
Monday, March 03, 2008

“The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) is part of the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP provides publications and information to the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities.”  With popular topics, publications and videos, a fee-based question and answer service, and the ECRP journal.

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Character Education
Monday, March 03, 2008

“This section contains articles and resources about character education that are designed for parents and other community members. These are provided as a community service by CharacterEd.Net”

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Advice about Parent Co-operative Preschools
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the Berkely Parents Network.  Featuring advice and information about parent co-op preschools in a Q&A format.

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A Call to Commitment: Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Learning
Friday, February 29, 2008

Prepared by the National Center for Fathering, this 41 page guide discusses the context of the issue, strategies to improve fathers’ involvement in education, lists examples of model programs that engage fathers in childrens' learning, and includes additional resources. 

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A Business Guide to Support Employee and Family Involvement in Education
Friday, February 29, 2008

This guide discusses the context for employee and family involvement in school age and teen education, practical steps to take to achieve results, and future local, regional, and national directions for success.

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Tips for Parents: Contact the School
Friday, February 29, 2008

Discover why parents should speak with the school more often than just at conference time.

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