Teacher & Parent Support for Student Engagement Resource Guide

Central Virginia Exceptional Family Fair

September 10, 2016
9:30AM – 12:30PM
Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR)
2626 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) and the Center for Family Involvement (CFI), is holding a family fair in the Central Virginia region for parents of students with disabilities.

Your registration includes free “all day” admission to the CMoR for a family of up to 6 members.  At least one adult must accompany their children at all times.

Why you should attend:

  • Come hear keynote speaker Garrett Brumfield from “Overcome Yours.”  Garrett, who has cerebral palsy, will share a message of hope, change, and acceptance through sharing his story and the stories of others overcoming great obstacles.
  • Two mini “Parent Camp” sessions will give you the opportunity to talk about how we can all work more closely and collaboratively with schools and communities to improve outcomes for our children with disabilities.
  • Over 20 vendors (community agencies, service providers, parent resource centers, family organizations, service dogs, and more) will be available to share information and resources for families of children with disabilities.
  • Parent networking opportunities.

Space is limited to 200 participants and you must pre-register using the following Web link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vdoefamilyfair or by calling the

Virginia Department of Education Parent Ombudsman at (804) 371-7420.

 

November is Family Involvement In Education Month

Governor Terrance R. McAuliffe, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Steven R. Staples and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2015 as Family Involvement Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The importance of parental involvement 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.

The Virginia Department of Education is committed to improving parent and family involvement for all students including students with disabilities.  Click here to find resources on family involvement in education.

“Families and Schools – Perfect Partners for Student Success”

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The Power of Engagement: Connecting Students, Families, and Learning

It is essential to provide students with disabilities “rigorous and relevant instruction to better engage students in learning and provide the skills needed to graduate and to serve them after they leave school” (Wilkins & Huckabee, 2014, p. 45). This statement, in turn, leads to the question: How do students want to be engaged in their learning? When a middle school teacher asked her eighth graders that question, one student responded, “I believe that it all boils down to relationships.  Not relationships from teacher to student or relationships from student to student, but rather relations between the text and the outside world” (Wolpert-Gawron, 2012, “Connecting the Real World,” para. 1).  Another student observed, “When a student is active they learn in a deeper way than sitting” (Wolpert-Gawron, 2012, “Get Me Out of My Seat!” para. 1). [Read more…]

What Educators Can Do to Foster Family Involvement

Families are key contributors to student learning at all levels of a child’s schooling (Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, & Davies, 2007).  Thus, student achievement increases and school improvement efforts are more effective when families and schools are true partners in the educational process. “Intentional, well-designed practices to inform and support family engagement have a positive and long-term effect on student outcomes, including grades, test scores, behavior, passing rates, enrollment in higher-level programs, high school graduation, and college attendance” (Mapp, Henderson, & Hill, 2014, “The Whole Truth,” para. 2). [Read more…]

Laying the Foundation for Teaching and Learning

foundationGareis and Grant (2008) define teaching as an “intentional creation and enactment of activities and experiences by one person that lead to changes in the knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions of another person” (p. 1). Teachers work hard to ensure that their students learn by carefully planning lessons and activities that meet the needs of all students and by continuously developing their own skills and knowledge about the teaching and learning process. However, until students actually learn what the teacher has taught, the instructional process is incomplete (Gareis & Grant, 2008). [Read more…]

Family Involvement: What Families Can Do to Get and Stay Involved

familyinvolovementFamilies’ involvement in their children’s education has a significant positive impact on student achievement (Henderson & Mapp, 2002).  When families engage with school personnel, students adjust more easily to the classroom environment at the secondary and elementary levels (Ferguson, Ramos, Rudo, & Wood, 2008). Further, regardless of socio-economic status, involvement of parents increases the likelihood that students attend school regularly, earn better grades, and persist to graduation (Colorado, 2008; Henderson & Mapp, 2002). [Read more…]