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Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, 2017
This "Report Card to the Public" is a useful, yet limited, resource for families, communities, and policy makers to determine if Alaska's schools are working as well as they should for all students. Through Alaska's Education Challenge, Alaskans expressed three commitments toward the shared vision for an excellent education for every…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, National Competency Tests
Sayko, Sarah – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
You and the school share responsibility for your child's language and literacy learning. Collaborate with your school to make decisions about your child's literacy education right from the start. Your child benefits when you and the school work together to support her literacy development. Working together promotes faster development and catches…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Literacy Education, Parent Role, Reading Skills
Sayko, Sarah; Christman, J. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
A literacy advocate supports or speaks out for someone else's educational needs or rights in reading, writing, and language. As a family member, you know your child best. You have seen your child's literacy skills progress over time. You can embrace your role as an advocate and learn how to work together with your child's school toward common…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Advocacy, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship
Baker, Scott; Turtura, J.; Gearin, B. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: "foundational…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Language Skills, Alphabets
Reade, Andrea – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Taking part in literacy experiences at home can develop your child's reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. Activities that you can engage in at home include: joint reading, drawing, singing, storytelling, reciting, game playing, and rhyming. You can tailor activities to your child's age and ability level, and can incorporate…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Language Skills
Reade, A.; Sayko, S. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Learning to read is difficult and does not happen naturally. It requires explicit and systematic instruction, which is especially important for struggling readers. Learning to read involves many different skills that must be taught to your child. Instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension will help your…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Developmental Stages, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties
Sayko, S. – National Center on Improving Literacy, 2017
Families and educators can work together to ensure children have successful literacy experiences in and out of school. This is especially important if children have reading difficulties. Children with reading difficulties have specific instructional needs that are best addressed with a comprehensive approach to literacy development that includes…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Family Role
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
The topic of special education can be confusing and frightening for parents who suspect their child has a disability or has difficulty learning. Parents in this situation want to know how to get help for their child. This guide is intended as a reference for people who have questions about special education for a child. It summarizes the basic…
Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Guides, Student Rights
Schertz, Hannah H.; Horn, Kathryn; Lee, Martha; Mitchell, Stacia – Young Exceptional Children, 2017
The purpose of this article is to help early interventionists who work with families of toddlers showing early signs of autism think through the "what" and the "how" of early intervention for toddlers with social communication difficulties, even though the child has not yet been diagnosed. Questions include the following: (1)…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Parents, Toddlers, At Risk Persons
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Peters, Megan Parker; Mofield, Emily – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
Beliefs about intelligence can affect how children approach school work and perform. It is why some gifted children tackle challenges with excitement while others feel threatened by challenges and avoid them. The mindset beliefs influence how the child views ego, effort, and errors. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their potential has been…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Misconceptions
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Fish, Leigh Ann – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
The array of choices for early education can be overwhelming. Learning about the more prevalent approaches and their unique philosophies can help parents select a program that works for their precocious children. Some of these approaches include childcare/daycare, early entrance, Head Start, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf. The National…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Choice, Academically Gifted, Educational Methods
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Broome, Lauren – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
Academically gifted girls often see unrealized and unfulfilled potential as a result of societal pressures to make the choice between being smart and fitting in. Gifted girls face many social issues in their lives that impact their education and interests from a young age. Gender stereotypes may be perpetuated by teachers, who have been shown to…
Descriptors: Females, Academically Gifted, Social Influences, Social Attitudes
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VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; MacFarlane, Bronwyn; Baska, Ariel – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
The need for language programs in schools is strong among gifted students, who need the depth and complexity provided by a world language program. Gifted students can benefit from exposure to global cultures, a deepened emphasis on conceptual learning, and an appreciation of issues that shape today's world. Second language learning carries high…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Academically Gifted, Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Characteristics
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Palevich, Megan O'Reilly; Honeck, Ellen – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
Schools are leveraging technology to enhance learning in the classroom at an exponential rate. According to "Education Week," public schools are spending nearly $3 billion per year on digital content and on average provide one computer for every five students. The typical classroom experience for many students now includes the use of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Distance Education
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Smutny, Joan Franklin – Parenting for High Potential, 2017
Music called to future conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, at an early age. Though his family could not afford music lessons, Dudamel did what thousands of children in Venezuela do. He went to one of the hundreds of music schools of the National System of Children and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela. Founded in the 1970s by pioneering musician and economist…
Descriptors: Music Education, Mentors, At Risk Persons, Poverty
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