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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

These video workshops feature information for parents about engagement with their children’s learning and education. Each workshop offers a short video about the topic as well as participant reference materials to review and/or download and print. These mini-workshops are presented in a standardized format that includes content about:


The Importance of ESEA to Families

How confident is your understanding of the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA), also known as the "No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB)? This federal legislation has impacts in your school. Learn more about the AYP, PSSAs and other alphabet soup words that can be intimidating for parents. 



Related Resources

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flyer (PDF)

Supporting Families & Communities - Reauthorizing the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (PDF)

Pennsylvania Accountability System - AYP Facts (PDF)



ESEA and PSSA Reports

In Pennsylvania, children are expected to reach proficiency on the PSSA exams from 3rd -8th grades and 11th grade. Become better educated about these exams and learn about the individual student PSSA report issued to parents.



Related Resources

Pennsylvania Accountability System - Fact Sheet (PDF)

Pennsylvania Accountability System - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

PVAAS Key Communication Messages (PDF)

PSSA Sample Elementary Student Report Card (PDF)

PSSA Sample Middle School Student Report Card (PDF)
PSSA Sample High School Student Report (PDF)


Resource Websites

US Department of Education

PA Department of Education

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) 

The Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS)



Family-School-Community Partnerships

Children live with families in communities and attend school. Community partners can work with families and schools to focus on creating a strong learning environment for children.  When families, schools and community partners work together, successful schools are created.


Related Resources

Community Assets Map Exercise (PDF)

Family and Community Connections With Schools (PDF)

Family-School-Community Partnerships Resources (PDF)
Family-School-Community Partnership Processes (PDF)



Family Engagement

Family engagement with children’s learning is one of the most valid predictors of student success.  Parents and other family members are involved in multiple ways at home, in school and within the community that have positive impacts on student learning. Learn how to effectively engage families to strengthen your school community.



Related Resources

Parent Power: Build the Bridge to Success (PDF)

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement (PDF)

Discover The Power of Partnerships: A Guide to PTA’s Building Successful Partnerships Process (PDF)



Out of School Time

Out of School Time provides children with opportunities to get additional help with school subjects, to develop socially and emotionally, and to learn about new topics of interest to them.  Learn how parents can take advantage of the Out of School Time activities and organizations available for their child.



Related Resources

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)

Parent Out of School Time Worksheet (PDF)



School Choice and Supplemental Education Services

In this session, you will learn about when School Choice and Supplemental Education Services become an option for families under the No Child Left Behind Act and what a school district’s obligations are. 



Related Resources

Public School Choice (PDF)

Supplemental Educational Services (PDF)

School Choice and Supplemental Education Services Worksheet (PDF)



Learning Styles

This workshop will help you understand different learning styles. You will get to know how individual learning styles help your child learn more effectively. There are various differences in how people process information and how they learn. By discovering your child’s learning style, you can create a environment at home that is conducive to a strength-based approach to learning.


Related Resources
Slides: Learning Styles (PDF)

What Learning Style Does Your Child Have? (PDF)