NHC PTA Council Advocacy Committee:
Chairperson: Lisa T. McDow
For specific questions about the programs and opportunities listed below, contact the source directly. For advocacy committee questions about the resolution, mission statement, priorities, or establishing a school Advocacy Committee.
North Carolina PTA Advocacy
NHC Council Advocacy Resolution
5 Mistakes to Avoid at a Parent Teacher Conference
5 Keys to a Great Parent Teacher Conference
Family Resource Guide in English
Family Resource Guide in Spanish
School Improvement Team Guide
Dropout Prevention Coalition
Tools & Resources from United Way
2013 Crisis Intervention Team Conference
The Conference is $45 with no late fee.
12-19-13 (all day at the McKimmon Center at NC State in Raleigh, NC)
||North Carolina's 2013 CIT Conference
||Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a partnership formed to divert individuals living with mental illness from arrest through the creation of more effective interactions among law enforcement, providers, individuals with mental illness and their families. The 2013 Statewide CIT Conference will provide opportunities for collaborations that move us toward our common goals of safety, understanding and services to those with mental illness in crisis. The Keynote Speaker is Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, co-founder and former co-chair of the Judges' Leadership Initiative, a professional association that supports cooperative mental health programs in the criminal justice system. Justice Stratton will share how her vision that the courts, in partnership with the mental health system, can affect positive change in the lives of many defendants whose mental illness has led to criminal activity can become a reality. The Lunch Keynote will be presented by Antonio Lambert, who will provide an honest account of an individual living with a mental illness and how his struggles with the law ultimately led to his own self-recovery. National speakers Clarke and Tracy Paris whose workshop will help police officers, police employees, and first responders to deal with the struggles associated with police work, Cumulative Stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Come to the 2013 Statewide CIT Conference and be inspired.
||Local and state law enforcement officers, judges, attorneys, court personnel, probation officers, city and county officials, crisis responders, school resource officers, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, substance abuse counselors, school administrators, school counselors, clergy, teachers, school support staff, mental health advocates, individuals affected by mental illness and their families and others interested in this subject
Free Hands-on Science Resources
Visit the site to see ten new hands-on activities and corresponding videos for grades K-6.
Volunteer Spot - Website for organizing volunteers
Personal Education Plans
How PEPs can help struggling students achieve academic success in an effort to ensure that all children get a quality education, North Carolina administers end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) tests.These tests are designed to determine if each student has learned what he needs to know to move to the next grade. They also help identify students who need extra attention.
Under North Carolina law, any child who does not meet grade-level proficiency (scores a Level I or Level II on EOG or EOC tests) is eligible for a Personal Education Plan (PEP). PEPs aid parents, teachers and administrators in planning out the special interventions a student needs. These interventions can include, but are not limited to, smaller classes, tutorial sessions, extended school day, and alternative learning models.
- If a child scores a I or II on his end-of-grade tests, his parents should call the principal and say they want a PEP for their child. Schools must develop and follow these plans in accordance with North Carolina law and the state constitution. In addition, parents should be involved in the development of the PEP and should get a copy of the final document. Parents should work with their child’s teachers to determine how the PEP is implemented.
- Parents, pull up a chair: Here's how to help your kids do their very best at school.
Paige Zimmer was so proud of one of her third-grade students — the boy had saved up his allowance to buy books at the book fair — that she decided to contact his parents and tell them. The task should have been easy, but it wasn't. Why? "Because parents always get so nervous when they hear it's me," says Zimmer, who teaches in Elkridge, Maryland. "I do sometimes call with good news. I wish parents knew that."
What else do teachers want you to know? And what do they need you to do? Good Housekeeping went into classrooms at schools around the country and talked to the teachers who spend their days with your children. Here's what they said about how you can help them help your kids:
2. Learning doesn't stop at 3:15.
You can help the teacher do a better job by encouraging your child to show you something he's working on at school, suggests Ron Martucci, who teaches fourth grade in Pelham, New York. It doesn't have to be a big deal: "Ask him to demonstrate how he does long division or to read his book report out loud," says Martucci. "Every time your child gets a chance to show off what he knows, it builds confidence."
3. Let your child make mistakes.
Don't forget, he's learning. Teachers don't want perfect students, they want students who try hard. "Sometimes parents get caught up in thinking every assignment has to be done exactly right, and they put too much pressure on their child," says Brian Freeman, a second-grade teacher from Red Spring, North Carolina. "But it's OK for kids to get some problems wrong. It's important for us to see what students don't know, so we can go over the material again."
Is your child struggling with an assignment? Help him brainstorm possible solutions. If he's still stuck, resist the temptation to write a note. Instead, encourage your child to take charge by asking the teacher for help the next day.
Hands off bigger assignments, too, says Marty Kaminsky, a fourth-grade teacher in Ithaca, New York. "I assigned a project on inventors, and several kids brought in amazingly detailed reports with slide-shows. They looked great, but they clearly weren't the work of a nine-year-old," he says. "I was much happier with the posters with the pictures glued on crooked, because I knew those children did the work themselves. What matters isn't the final result; it's letting a child have ownership of the project."
4. Stay involved — even when you don't know the material.
You can provide moral support and be your child's cheerleader no matter how well (or poorly) you did in a certain subject. "Parents tell me they didn't take trigonometry or flunked chemistry, so how can they check the homework?" says Tim Devine, a high school social science teacher in Chicago. "But we don't expect you to be an expert on every subject." Just knowing a parent is paying attention can be very motivating for a student.
5. The teacher's on your side — give her the benefit of the doubt.
Rachel James, a third-grade teacher in Reson, Florida, was having a terrible time with one of her students. For days, the boy had been disruptive, rolling his eyes and sighing dramatically whenever anyone spoke to him. Naturally, she had to reprimand him. "His mom called and accused me of picking on her son," says James. "When I told her what was going on, she was shocked." After the mom had calmed down, they worked out some ways to change the boy's behavior. "A lot of parents go into attack mode when their child complains about a teacher," says James. "Or they take the problem to the principal, so the teacher feels blindsided. But parents need to get all the facts before they react."
6. Keep your child organized.
That means helping teachers with the paper chase. "I spend way too much time tracking down tests or forms I've sent home for a parent's signature," says Judy Powell, a fifth-grade teacher from Richmond, Virginia. Usually, the missing items are crumpled up in the bottom of the kid's backpack, along with lunch leftovers and other clutter. Powell's solution: Have your child empty his backpack every day as part of a regular after-school routine. Set up a special place, such as a box in the kitchen, where he can put the day's papers, and provide another spot, such as a desk drawer, for old assignments that you want to save. A bright-colored folder is a good idea, too, for toting homework — and signed papers — to and from school. And about those supplies: Keep plenty on hand. "Kids run out of pencils and paper, and it'll be three weeks before they'll remember to tell you," says Powell.
7. If the teacher deserves a good grade, give her one.
"Teaching isn't easy," says Lauren Steiner, a kindergarten teacher from Alpharetta, Georgia. "There are days when a kid has a tantrum, or you feel like crying because a parent speaks to you harshly. So it's incredibly uplifting when someone takes the time to say thank you." Why not e-mail or call when your child enjoys a class event or says something nice about the instructor? And if you feel the teacher is doing a good job, let the principal know. Volunteering is another way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and support, even if you only have time to help out once a year. "It shows your child — and his teacher — that you really care about his education," says Weinberg.