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Parent Resources

Communicating with Your Child’s Teacher Summary

  • For parents: interacting with teachers, self-awareness about involvement, overcoming isolation

  • Coaching children on approaching teachers

  • Student and teacher: handling adversity, improving poor relationships

  • Keeping up with your child, talking about bad days

Establishing Routines Summary

  • Importance of a routine for a student learner

  • Minimizing distraction through routine

  • Getting home and school day prep routines

  • Rewarding good routines, encouragement and praise

  • Adding and evaluating behaviors and time-management

  • Structure, spontaneity, daily family activities

Helping Young Learners Read Summary

  • Keys to reading, visual descriptions for young children

  • English language challenges, reading challenges for ages 5-7

  • Dyslexia, cognitive and physical impediments

  • How parents can avoid rushing reading time

  • Tablet readers versus physical books

  • Keeping books in the home to promote literacy

Older Student Literacy Challenges Summary

  • Reintroducing incarcerated youth to reading, fostering receptiveness

  • Out-of-habit reading students versus lacking skills

  • Student-selected reading material, finding your inner narrator

  • Improving skills, reading practice, alleviating stress

  • Avoiding the distraction of screens

  • Struggling parents teaching students to read

Testing & Assessment Summary

  • Meaning of assessment, beyond testing

  • Recent changes in Florida standardized tests

  • Missing skills affecting performance, test-taking skills versus base ability

  • Teaching to the test versus what students need to know

  • Advice for parents of gifted students who do not test well

  • Bright Future scholarship, SAT, ACT, determining alternate paths

Students with Special Needs Summary

  • Meaning of and correct way to think of special needs

  • Ongoing accommodation versus developing skills

  • Identifying/differentiating special needs from ordinary struggle

  • Requesting evaluation, the process, next steps

  • Changes for the student at school and at home 

  • Handling difficult feelings and fear of stigma, embracing help and hope

Preparing Your Student for College Summary

  • Advice for students entering college in the fall, prep tips

  • When high school came easy, but college does not, anticipating changes and higher demands

  • Lifestyle changes with living on campus, surprises, college freedom, social life

  • Advice for high-intensity STEM majors, discovering the right career

  • Office hours, building relationships with professors

  • Understanding graduation requirements, college today