Going Deeper: PTA Parent's Guide to Student Success

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Estimated time: 45 minutes

Audience: parents & families, educators

Purpose 

To build awareness of Wisconsin’s common core academic standards and the link to the school’s curriculum.  Parents and teachers will explore grade level expectations to determine possible strengths and challenges that impact each student’s participation in instructional activities.

High quality instruction leads to student achievement and is based on the district’s curriculum, which will be aligned to the state of Wisconsin Common Core State Standards.  Students receive instruction and support based on their unique abilities, knowledge, and learning styles.

Description

This activity uses the PTA Parents’ Guides to Student Success, grades K – 12. Each guide provides an overview of what students will learn by the end of the grade in mathematics and English language/arts/literacy. The guides are based on the new common core academic standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. The K–12 standards are informed by the highest state standards from across the country. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared academically.

Link to RtI Concepts and/or Research-based practices

Epstein’s Six Types of Family-School-Community Partnerships: Parenting, Communication, Learning at Home

Wisconsin RtI Framework essential elements: High quality instruction 

Directions

If you are a parent
This activity is to help parents learn about and connect to their child’s academic work. Note that children develop at their own paces and any same-age group will have children at various developmental stages.

  1. Look at the PTA Parents’ Guide to Student Success for your child’s grade level. The guides are listed in the resources section at the end of this activity.
  2. Note the “Sample of What Your Child will be Working On…” How does that compare to what you know your child is currently learning?
  3. Look at “Talking to Your Child’s Teacher.” Use these tips to generate a list of questions you have about your child’s experience in school.
  4. Look at “Help Your Child Learn At Home” Section. Reflect on one activity that you would do at home.
  5. Consider setting a meeting with the teacher to explore how you can work together.

If you are an educator

  1. Choose the PTA Parents’ Guide to Student Success for your students’ grade level and review the content. The guides are listed in the resources section at the end of this activity.
  2. Note the “Sample of What Your Child will be Working On…” How does that compare to what you know your class is currently learning? How are you differentiating to help those at each end of the achievement spectrum participate fully in your lessons?
  3. Look at “Talking to Your Child’s Teacher.” Use these tips to identify the questions you have about what parents need to know about curriculum.
  4. Look at “Help Your Child Learn At Home” section.  Choose one activity that you would encourage parents to do at home.
    Consider ways of communicating with parents about curriculum in your classroom. 

Resources


Group Activity

Estimated time: 45 minutes

Activity Directions for Groups [pdf]

Additional Handouts:

  • None