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.
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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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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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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