Resources

These video workshops feature information for parents about engagement with their children’s learning and education. Each workshop offers a short video about the topic as well as participant reference materials to review and/or download and print.

 


ESEA and PSSA Reports

In Pennsylvania, children are expected to reach proficiency on the PSSA exams from 3-8 and 11 grade. Become better educated about these exams and learn about the individual student PSSA report issued to parents.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: ESEA PSSA Reports

Related Resources
Pennsylvania Accountability System - Fact Sheet
Pennsylvania Accountability System - Frequently Asked Questions
PVAAS Key Communication Messages
Sample Pennsylvania Student Report Elementary School
Sample Pennsylvania Student Report Middle School
Sample Pennsylvania Student Report High School

Resource Websites
US Department of Education
PA Department of Education
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS)

 


Family Engagement

Family engagement with children’s learning is one of the most valid predictors of student success.  Parents and other family members are involved in multiple ways at home, in school and within the community that have positive impacts on student learning. Learn how to effectively engage families to strengthen your school community.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: Family Engagement

Related Resources
Parent Power: Build the Bridge to Success
The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement
Discover the Power of Partnerships: A Guide to PTA's Building Successful Partnerships Process

 


Family-School-Community Partnerships

Children live with families in communities and attend school. Community partners can work with families and schools to focus on creating a strong learning environment for children.  When families, schools and community partners work together, successful schools are created.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: Family-School-Community Partnerships

Related Resources
Community Assets Map Exercise
Who? What? How? Family and Community Connections With Schools
Family-School-Community Partnership Collaboration
Family-School-Community Partnerships Resources

 


The Importance of ESEA to Families

How confident is your understanding of the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA), also known as the "No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB)? This federal legislation has impacts in your school. Learn more about the AYP, PSSAs and other alphabet soup words that can be intimidating for parents.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: The Importance of ESEA to Families

Related Resources
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Supporting Families and Communities: Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
AYP Facts

 


Learning Styles

This workshop will help you understand different learning styles. You will get to know how individual learning styles help your child learn more effectively. There are various differences in how people process information and how they learn. By discovering your child’s learning style, you can create a environment at home that is conducive to a strength-based approach to learning.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: Learning Styles

Related Resources
Learning Styles (presentation handout)
What Learning Style Does Your Child Have?

 


Out of School Time

Out of School Time provides children with opportunities to get additional help with school subjects, to develop socially and emotionally, and to learn about new topics of interest to them.  Learn how parents can take advantage of the Out of School Time activities and organizations available for their child.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: Out of School Time

Related Resources
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Advocacy Toolkit
Parent Out of School Time Worksheet

 


School Choice and Supplemental Education Services

In this session, you will learn about when School Choice and Supplemental Education Services become an option for families under the No Child Left Behind Act and what a school district’s obligations are.

Video
Working Together for Student Success: School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services

Related Resources
Public School Choice
Supplemental Educational Services
School Choice and Supplemental Education Services Worksheet


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