The ABC Book of Educational Terms: A Plain Language Guide for Parents

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The purpose of this guide is to provide Kansas families with a resource of commonly used educational terms. Many of the terms selected for this plain language guide appear in current state and federal legislation that is of particular interest to parents. If you would like a free copy in pdf format emailed to you, please contact our office.

Filed under Families Schools Early Childhood Higher Education Businesses and tagged with ABC book ABC ABC Guide ABC Guide to Educational Terms educational terms on August 08, 2011 #


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Summer Fun With Reading

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READING TIPS FOR FAMILIES Reading with or to a child over the summer will help keep a child's reading skills alive and prevent the loss of reading skills over the summer.

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Project Success

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Project Success is a part of the Kansas Technical Support Network, dedicated to improving student performance in reading and math for students in special education, through supporting Kansas Schools, Teachers, Students in Special Education, and Families.

Filed under Families Schools and tagged with TA Technical Assistance Project Success on June 01, 2011 #

Using Internet & Cell Phone Technology Safely: What Families Need to Know

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What a wonderful world we live in! Technology such as the Internet and Cellular (Cell) Phones make staying in constant contact with family and friends simple. Children, as well as adults can and do develop relationships with people in other cities, states, even other countries through gaming and online communication and gaming (Wii, Xbox, PS2, etc). Technology is fun, and should remain fun. However, just like other safety issues, families need to be aware of the dangers, as well as the benefits of using technology. It is of equal importance to know how children are using technology and with whom they are interacting. By following a few simple tips and learning to be involved in a child’s online world, as well as in each child’s day-to- day life, families can ensure that their children, who are technology natives, stay safe.

Filed under Families Schools Early Childhood Higher Education Espanol and tagged with technology Internet Internet Safety Cell Phone Safety Cellular Phone Safety on June 01, 2011 #


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NCLB Action Brief: Parent Involvement

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While parents are mentioned over 300 times in various part of the No Child Left Behind act, this Action Brief will concentrate on Section 1118, Title I of the Act. It is the only section in the Act devoted solely to parental involvement, and if implemented effectively, provides the core elements that incorporate many of the other parental involvement provisions of NCLB. As you become familiar with NCLB through the various other PEN/NCPIE Action Briefs, you will find parental involvement roles defined throughout. These are important for you to know as well, but Section 1118 provisions are the core around which all of the other parental involvement provisions revolved. This resource includes templates for Parent Involvement policies and checklists for schools and districts to ensure compliance.

Filed under Families Schools and tagged with NCLB Action Brief Title 1 Parent Involvement Plan on April 12, 2011 #

Bullying: What Families Need to Know

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Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); and sending insulting messages by e-mail (cyberbullying). This document has helpful information for families in how to recognize bullying, and how to prevent it.

Filed under Families Schools and tagged with bullying cyberbullying Order from KPIRC on March 30, 2011 #


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Parents' Guide to Student Success

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From the National PTA: The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (linked from the site in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states, including Kansas, have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Filed under Families Schools Espanol and tagged with national standards Common standards Common Cord Standards PTA standards curriculum curricular standards on March 29, 2011 #

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the signs. Act early.

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It's time to change how we view a child's growth. Do you know all the ways you should measure your child’s growth? We naturally think of height and weight, but from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts.

Filed under Families Early Childhood and tagged with developmental milestones child development on March 10, 2011 #

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

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The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) was funded as an Innovation and Improvement Project by the Office of Head Start in October 2008. The 3-year grant brings together a group of university researchers to develop strategies to help Head Start programs build a strong mental health foundation for their children, families and staff. Our team's approach is grounded in a set of principles and a research-based model of delivering high quality mental health consultation services. Our team's vision is grounded in a set of principles and a research-based model of the core components of an effective approach to high quality mental health services.

Filed under Families Early Childhood and tagged with infant mental health mental health consultation on March 10, 2011 #

Center for Early Literacy Learning: Mini-posters and CELLpops

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The mini-posters are organized in two versions- one for parents and one for classroom teachers. They provide parents and teachers with simple ways to enhance daily activities and routines with literacy specific opportunities. The CELL Pops are interactive versions of the mini posters and are for use with toddlers or preschoolers.

Filed under Families Early Childhood and tagged with literacy early literacy routines daily activities on March 10, 2011 #