It’s back-to-school time, which means parents’ inboxes are stuffed with advice and to-do lists about how to make this a successful year for your kid.
This to-do list can look dramatically different depending on the age and grade of your student, but one thing remains universal: The need to keep the lines of communication open and honest.
That’s why I found the last set of tips on this new resource particularly helpful.
A group called Learning Heroes, which partners with some of the most prominent education and parent organizations to pool parent resources, just released an online toolbox called The Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves. This is an interactive collection of actionable tips to help parents support their children’s academic success and their social-emotional well-being.
The tips were inspired, in part, by findings from a national poll earlier this year.
One finding was about the disconnect between what parents believed about their children’s achievement–and what was actually true. About 90 percent of all parents said their child was achieving at or above grade level in reading or math, but according to NAEP data, the reality is much lower (36 and 40 percent, respectively).
That’s why there are pragmatic questions like these, with links to data about testing, standards and grade-by-grade learning goals:
What does success in school look like this year for my child?
What do I need to know about my child’s annual state test?
What should my child be learning each year, from kindergarten through high school?
The poll also found that parents said they could use more knowledge and information about social-emotional learning, and we know from the Education Post parent poll that most parents see themselves as being most responsible for their child’s learning and they value their child’s happiness first and foremost. That’s why I found this bank of tips especially interesting:
How can I help my child overcome challenges?
Does my child have the learning habits to success in school and life?
What are the 10 things my child’s teacher needs to know?
How can I help my child express his or her ideas?
What kinds of questions should I be asking my child?
So dig in, and have a great school year.
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