The Parent Resource Center joins the Arlington Public Schools community in celebrating National School Psychology Week. We are grateful for the supports our school psychologists provide to students, families and staff, and are especially grateful for the many school psychologists who have partnered with the Parent Resource Center to offer learning sessions and resources for families.
November is Family Engagement in Education Month!
The Virginia Department of Education recognizes November as Family Engagement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.The importance of parental engagement in schools is well documented. Over 30 years of research shows that one of the most effective ways to increase student achievement is for parents to be actively involved in the education of their children.
Research has shown that when schools and families are engaged in meaningful two-way communication and collaboration students have:
- More positive attitudes toward school
- Higher grades and test scores, which equals higher achievement
- Better attendance
- More homework completed
- Higher graduation rates
- Greater enrollment in post-secondary education
Follow #FamilyEngagementFriday for family engagement tweets every Friday.
November is National Adoption Month, designed to increase national awareness of adoption issues, bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the U.S. foster care system, and emphasize the value of youth engagement. This year’s theme is “Small Steps Open Doors,” focusing on large impact that small steps can have toward establishing permanency for teens. Learn more about the national month HERE.
The Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)’s new Digital Portfolios:
Learning Your Way Online Courses
Registrants can access courses now through December 31. In addition to the Special Education 101 course, Learning Your Way other course offerings include Constructive Collaboration and Communication; Trauma; and Dispute Resolution!. The lessons are self-paced and include presentations, videos and other resources, interactive scenarios and resource links. These short courses are free to family members and interested professionals. Certificates of completion are available. REGISTER HERE.
Sponsored by Formed Families Forward
Please visit aps2016.apsva.us/prc-events