Tips for Parental Involvement
Sometimes parents, even those who use technology in their jobs, leap ahead without professional partnering.
For example, one on-line service portrays a parent, wishing he could go to a sports event rather than accompanying his child to a library to prepare a report on dinosaurs. Lo and behold, a friend demonstrates how a service can provide a 2 page encyclopedia article about dinosaurs and off they go to the sports arena, printout in hand.
Here are some resources for a better outcome.
Parent/Teen Homework Conflicts
Here's a vignette for parents with some ideas on how to talk to your teen about the stressful conversation of homework. YouTube has a number of videos on this subject.
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This web site was created for parents seeking information related to questions about raising children in a bilingual environment.
Multilingual Education is a challenging task requiring much creativity, continuity, and dedication for those parents raising children in such an environment.
Education Northwest offers a wide range of resources for parents, on such as subjects as balancing life and work, charter schools, bullying, planning for youth success, and homeschooling.
Cyberkids offers an opportunity for young artists and composers to display their work. The site has educational games and other resources.
One would describe this publishing opportunity as "free-hand" rather than school-like.
Teens on Talking With Parents
This was the introduction video for a parenting seminar on "Communicating With a Teen Who Won't Talk," held at Natomas High School in Sacramento, CA. It looks at talking with parents from the teenager's perspective and looks at how to make that communication "easier".
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The DOEd has a multitude of resources for homework assistance and education in general in their Especially for Parents section.
The Center for Family Involvement at Rutgers and PACER sites address strategies for encouraging family involvement.
Both are highly regarded nationally.
The Discovery School's section for parents provides tips for school readiness, updated annually, and thorny issues such as a potential mismatch between a student and teacher.
Formerly, the ERIC space for early and elementary-aged children, ECAP (the Early Childhood and Parent Collaborative) contains publications which can be downloaded easily.
Thanks to the University of Illinois.
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• Encouraging Community Involvement
• Strong Families, Strong Schools
• School Psychology
• Interactive Sites for Parents and Kids
• Answers for ESL Teachers and Foreign Language and Bilingual Education
• Parental Support