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Category: FAMILIES

Category » FAMILIES

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    Lets Try: Family Fad Classes

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools have special classes or times during the year when teachers get to offer a class or a series of classes on favorite topics like gardening, dancing, stargazing, photography, or knitting, to name a few. Encourage family members to offer Family Fad Classes on topics they treasure and enjoy. The list could be endless and tailored to every age level. The classes could be a single session or a series.

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    Lets Try: Homework Alternatives

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    An alternative to homework would be integrating learning that will reinforce (but maybe not exactly imitate) what’s being learned at school. By integrating home learning into activities that families already routinely do, family have more opportunities to reinforce school learning than they might achieve through homework.

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    Lets Try: “Friday” Folders

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Good communication between teachers and families can help build school community and foster successful school experiences for kids. One way to achieve good communication is to establish a consistent system for sharing information. A weekly “Friday” folder, provided to each student by his or her teacher, creates an arena for schools and families to share information, successes, questions, and suggestions.

  • National Child and Youth Well-Being Index


    The Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) is an evidence-based composite measure of trends over time in the quality of life of America’s children from birth up to the 18th birthday. The Index comprises Key Indicators associated with different stages of the first two decades of life.

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    Obama Lauds Pledges to Expand College Opportunities

    1/16/14 - Calmes, Jackie

    Mobilized by the Obama administration, and egged on by both the president and the first lady, scores of college presidents along with corporate and nonprofit leaders on Thursday promised initiatives and grants toward enrolling and graduating more low-income minority students.

  • Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers

    9/1/13 - Smith, Sheila; Robbins, Taylor; Stagman, Shannone; Mathur; Disha

    Parent engagement in children's education is increasingly viewed as an essential support to children's learning in early care and education programs and throughout the school years.

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    Parents' Experiences with the IEP Process: Considerations for Improving Practice

    1/5/10 - John W. Reiman, Laura Beck,, Teresa Coppola, Anita Engiles

    "This publication reviews literature exploring findings from 10 studies published after 2004 that focus on the experiences and perceptions of parents or other caregivers related to the IEP process. The review also highlights recommendations from this body of literature for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings."

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    Parents' experiences with the IEP process: Considerations for improving practice

    1/9/10 - John W. Retman, Laura Beck, Teresa Coppola, Anita Engiles

    "We review literature here to explore findings from 10 studies published after 2004 that focus on the experiences and perceptions of parents or other caregivers related to the IEP process. Our objective is to highlight recommendations from this body of literature for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings."

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    Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

    1/8/10 - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

    How does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That will be the focus of this Q&A— the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. The Q&A concludes with a Resources section, to connect you with information on parent involvement, including current efforts to build strong partnerships between schools and families.

  • Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: Evolving Perspectives on Residential Placement

    3/1/13 - The Annie C. Casey Foundation
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    Revocation of parental consent: State approaches

    1/2/10 - Eve Müller

    "The purpose of the present document is to determine whether revocation of parental consent is currently posing a challenge for states and to describe how states are responding to this new provision. Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) completed this document as part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). "

  • Social Policy Report: Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices

    1/1/13 - Odom, Samuel L.

    Multilingualism is an international fact of life, with roughly 2/3 of the world's population estimated to understand and speak two or more languages.

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    State Complaints: Summary of How States Apply the Exceptional Circumstances Extension

    1/23/10 - Regional Resource Center Program,

    "The brief publication is provided to assist states in making decisions about when to extend timelines for state complaints. This document is not intended to provide official guidance, but is a tool to prompt further state discussion."

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    Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School

    1/1/13 - CADRE

    If you have a child who is receiving special education services, you're more than likely to be very involved with your child's school and teachers - including planning, reviewing, and assessing your child's educational program. Over time, you will learn a lot about the special education process and how to communicate and negotiate on your child's behalf.

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    Strengthening families and communitites

    1/30/10 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

    "The Resource Guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to strengthen communities and support parents, caregivers, and their children. However, others such as policymakers, parent educators, family support workers, health care providers, program administrators, teachers, child care providers, mentors, and clergy, also will find the resources useful."

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    Teaching Tolerance: Turning Social Media to Social Justice

    1/10/11 - Teaching Tolerance
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