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Building and Maintaining a Good Relationship with Your Child's Teacher

When parents and teachers communicate and work together, kids will flourish. This school year, recommit to building those strong relationships.

The best way to support your child's needs is to build and maintain a strong, positive relationship with all the people at school who play a role in educating your child. And, make sure your child knows that this is a team effort — you're all working together to help him succeed! Here are some great ideas for how to foster a sense of partnership with your child's teachers and school.

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Sunshine Calls and the Communication Sandwich (and Other Ways to Strengthen Home-School Connections)

Educator and LD advocate Rick Lavoie offers his 21 best tips for teachers on how to avoid the pitfalls and keep the promise of a true partnership with parents.
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The Demystification Conference: Helping Students Understand Their Learning Disabilities

How can we help students understand their own learning disabilities? How do we help them speak comfortably about them and advocate for themselves? These questions have been challenging educators for a long time. But when students "own" their learning strengths and weaknesses, they can do a better job of learning academic skills. A meeting in which the learning disability is discussed can be helpful. See how the Churchill Center & School structures their annual "Demystification Conference" – where students can get the facts about their learning disabilities, decode all the medical terms they might have heard, and begin to understand the challenges and opportunities of being a kid with LD.
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Writing a SMART IEP

Learning how to develop individualized IEP goals is an important first step in developing your child's IEP. "Smart" IEP goals for reading, writing and math are: Specific, Measurable, Use Action words, Realistic, Time-limited.
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How Parents Can Support the Common Core Reading Standards

The new Common Core standards can be inscrutable for many parents. In this tip sheet (available in English and Spanish), we've outlined simple ways parents can support their child's learning. The recommendations line up with the four broad areas of the reading standards: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range and Level of Complexity.
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Contributions From You

Sunset in Maine

Today's Artist

Sunset in Maine, by Rebecca, age 11

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Today's First Person Essay

Robert Rauschenberg by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg's works now hang in major art galleries and museums all over the world. When he was in school his success would not have been predicted. Rauschenberg has dyslexia...

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