Parent Advocacy: Often if your children have had formal assessments in school or you as an adult have had difficulty at one time or another and had a formal assessment or testing administered by school officials or private agencies you may have documents that you need help translating into everyday learning strategies or accommodations. These assessments give a very comprehensive, detailed body of information in formal reports that are explained to both parents, teachers and students in several hour long sessions sometimes leaving in question day to day practicality ( ie how do I learn my science vocabulary for the exam tomorrow). Each parent, teacher or student would love to take the expert home with them to ask specific questions when there is more time or when a specific problem crops up. They may want to ask for real life examples or proven techniques that match the formal assessment ….. BUT TIME…….. is always the enemy in these sessions which have limited time. If you still have questions about assessment or testing and how that relates to day to day learning PLEASE GET IN CONTACT FOR HELP!!!
Parents are their student’s first teachers and continue to instruct and guide their children throughout their lives. The school and home have valuable information to share with each other, to make certain each young person reaches his/her full potential. When we share and combine information we have the whole picture. Without an atmosphere of sharing and collaboration we are in danger of missing valuable information that the other party possesses. We need to begin to meet with our parents groups and explain how parents can help educators or consultants help their students.