Parent Tips: How you can help your children succeed

Reading TogetherPartners for Public Education get timely updates on education policy decisions impacting Pennsylvania children and their schools as well as resources on issues important to parents and caregivers. Get a tutorial on the Keystone Exams, tips to spur creativity in your children, the facts about school funding, and hear what Pennsylvania educators advise to help your child learn, grow, and stay safe.

Check out these Partners for Public Education web posts with tips and resources for you to help the children in your life succeed.

     


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Let's #PromotePeace this year

August 2017

We asked Pennsylvania school professionals how students and parents can #PromotePeace in schools, homes, and communities.

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Welcome back. Now take a breath.

August 2017

It's time to start a new school year. Time to meet new teachers, make new friends, learn new lessons, and embark on new adventures. For some kids, all this can come with anxiety and apprehensions about what lies ahead.

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Got active kids? Keep them safe on the playing field

July 2017

More than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports in the United States, so there are bound to be some injuries. Here's what you can do to limit potential injuries when your child participates in sports.

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#FindYourPark and take a hike

July 2017

Going for a nature hike is another great way to get kids outside and appreciating nature.

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There's nothing to do … are you kidding?

July 2017

Sometimes you can send kids outside to play, and that's that. Sometimes, you hear those dreaded four words: "There's nothing to do." Your response? "Sure there is. And here are a few ideas."

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What should adults do if they observe signs of anxiety in children?

January 2017

When children show signs of anxiety, experts say it is important to reassure them without denying the feeling.

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What are common signs of anxiety in children?

January 2017

Children may show signs of excessive worrying in and out of school. Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches, problems sleeping, and dizziness.

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Supporting children with anxiety

January 2017

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults may become concerned when children experience feelings of excessive fear or anxiety out of proportion to the situation or inappropriate to their age.

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Talk to your kids about online threats

December 2016

The digital world is teeming with opportunities to learn in new ways and connect with friends. It can also be a dangerous place for kids and teens in the age of cyber bullying.

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Not all screen time is created equally

December 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed new tools and recommendations to help parents navigate the digital world.

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Staying safe on the school bus

August 2016

When your kids head for the bus each morning, you want to know that they will be safe throughout the day. Here are some tips to keep in mind as a new school year gets underway.

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Meet the new teacher

August 2016

Pennsylvania school professionals suggest questions you may want to ask during parent-teacher meetings this fall.

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The most wonderful time of the year

August 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year. That's right. Back to school.

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Mix it up this summer

July 2016

School's out for the summer, but kids continue to learn - every day, in all types of situations. Sometimes all they need is a caring adult to listen to their stories and talk about what's going on in their lives.

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Reducing kids' screen time starts with grownups

December 2015 

We've all been there. Some household chore needs to be done, but a child is demanding our attention. Fire up the iPad or turn on the TV, and the child is silently staring into the warm glow of a screen. The problem is that as tablets, smartphones, and gaming devices become ever-present in our lives, more and more children are spending too much time in front of those screens.

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Simple steps to reduce student absenteeism

October 2015

Partners for Public Education surveyed Pennsylvania educators and support professionals about what parents and guardians can do to reduce absenteeism and keep students in the classroom.

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Talking to your child's teachers about the PSSAs and Keystone Exams

October 2015 

Parents and guardians may have questions for their children's teachers about the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) and Keystone Exams.

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Make the most of parent-teacher conferences

October 2015

Parent-teacher conferences should not be an after-thought — another thing to rush to before or after work. Take the opportunity to get valuable insights into your children's strengths and the areas on which they need to work.

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Parents who advocate 'make change happen'

October 2015 

When something needs to change for the better in our public schools, parents are the ones who get it done. That is how Tara Purcell of the Pennsylvania PTA sees it.

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So how was school today?

October 2015

Ask your children questions that will engage them and get them thinking about their day. Blogger Liz Evans of Simple Simon and Company offers some help, with 25 ways to ask your child and 28 ways to ask your teen, "So how was school today?"

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Parental involvement is key to student success

October 2015 

When schools, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher-level programs.

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Want your kids to stay healthy at school? Teach them to wash their hands.

August 2015 

American students miss nearly 22 million school days each year just because of the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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Steps to take when your child needs to use an EpiPen at school

August 2015 

A growing number of students have allergies and many of these students may need to be treated with an epinephrine auto-injector, known more commonly as an EpiPen, when they have an anaphylactic allergic reaction at school.

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What this year's PSSA scores mean (and what they don't)

August 2015 

Last spring, Pennsylvania students in grades 3-8 were the first to take a new set of PSSA exams, developed following the state's adoption of the PA Core Standards in fall 2013.

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