Presentation on theme: "Opening Doors Consider hosting a movie night for the students in the cafeteria or other room at the same time, so parents don’t need to get a babysitter."— Presentation transcript:
Opening Doors Consider hosting a movie night for the students in the cafeteria or other room at the same time, so parents don’t need to get a babysitter. Local teenagers can keep an eye on the children and earn community service hours. Create a parking lot for questions or have information booths to answer families’ questions. Make sure to remind families that they will get additional information through follow up communications from the school in a newsletter, email or flier. Offer translation and interpretation services for families. Consider asking students’ family members to be volunteer interpreters. Create family packets or resource stations and include a place to take notes. Consider lending pencils or pens to those who forgot their own. Begin with a welcome and overview. Explain the shift to new standards and PARCC using a PowerPoint or video. PowerPointvideo Address anxieties that come with change but set a positive tone throughout the night. Focus on how these changes will benefit students. Encourage families to write down their questions to ask during small group sessions, at the information booths or to record in the parking lot. Tips for hosting a PARCC family night in Elementary School Incorporate key information throughout the evening. New standards create the need for new assessments. These tests not only evaluate students’ progress, but also show teachers and parents where a student needs help so they are able to personalize instruction to meet individual student needs. These tests will help us ensure that all students, regardless of income or family background, have equal access to a world-class education that will prepare them for success in college and careers. These tests will help students achieve, which will lead to a better-educated workforce, stronger communities and a more competitive United States. These tests serve as an educational GPS system, assessing where a student currently is and determining the best route to get to where they need to be by graduation so they are career and college ready. The new standards will improve student achievement over time as teachers and students get used to the new standards and tests. Reports of fewer students meeting grade-level expectations don’t necessarily mean that schools are performing worse or that students are learning less. Make families feel welcome! Just like you do with your students, greet families at the door and direct them to the right place.
Tips for hosting a PARCC family night in Elementary School Offer continued support beyond the family night event. Provide resources and information about who parents should contact if they have questions. Offer to host an “Understanding the Score Report” night in late spring. More resources, including a video, will be available later this year. Check with your local or state PTA and other PARCC partners to see if they have webinars or other parent information nights to share with attendees. After the overview, consider moving families to classrooms for smaller group presentations. Smaller groups can help families feel more comfortable asking questions and can give them an opportunity to learn more information about how they can help their individual student. Examples of small group sessions include: Family members become the students. Demonstrate how new standards are implemented in the classroom by delivering a lesson to the parents and family members. Consider grouping attendees by subject or grade and starting with a grade specific video. Ask family members to share how they solve problems or reason through the lesson just like you do with your students!grade specific video Homework help role playing. Ask for parent and student volunteers to role play working through a challenging homework assignment. Remind families that they do not have to be an expert in a subject to help with homework. Families should stay positive and value productive struggle as natural and necessary to learning. Student-led sessions: Have students show families how they would complete a short assignment or PARCC practice test item. Moderate the session and remain available as a resource to the students. Take the test sessions: Offer parents and families the opportunity to take a PARCC practice test using the same format (tablet, desktop or pencil and paper) as their student. If your school is using the computer-based assessment, show families the technology tutorial and explain how your school is incorporating technology into the classroom. If your school is using the paper-based assessment, share your school or district’s plan to shift to computer-based testing.PARCC practice test Score report review: Show families a sample score report and provide a walk through on what kind of information will be displayed on different parts of the report. Discuss what information is useful to have about their students and why. Consider showing them ways in which you will use this information to help their students in the classroom. Provide sample questions that family members can ask teachers about their student’s progress. (We will have more information on this topic coming soon.)