National PTA President Otha Thornton discusses why his organization supports the Common Core, dispelling myths and sharing resources to help parents learn more and support successful implementation of the standards.
Resources for Families
While Learning First Alliance resources are intended primarily to assist policymakers and educators, our work also has implications for parents engaged in the effort to improve public education and help their children succeed. Many Alliance publications provide information that can inform parents about important and timely issues in education policy and practice. Some Alliance resources also provide specific guidance to parents about engaging productively in their children’s educational lives. Additionally, many Alliance member organizations provide a wealth of resources to assist parents. See below for resource ideas.
Top Ten Reading Tips for Parents
This tip sheet provides important and practical ideas for how parents can work with their children to improve reading skills.
Top Ten Math Tips for Parents
This guide suggests ways in which parents can help improve the math skills of their children.
This site provides students and families with hands-on, challenging middle school mathematics problems. Figure This! is a joint project of the Learning First Alliance, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Widmeyer Communications.
The Balancing Act's Parent Teacher Corner
The Learning First Alliance and some of our members have joined forces with Lifetime's The Balancing Act. On The Parent Teacher Corner we address some of the most important issues in public education today, including parent engagement, technology and bullying. We offer valuable information that parents, educators, business and other stakeholders can use in the quest to improve public education in our country.
A VISION FOR GREAT SCHOOLS
On this website, educators, parents and policymakers from coast to coast are sharing what's already working in public schools--and sparking a national conversation about how to make it work for children in every school. Join the conversation!