Newsletter & Resources

 

WI Family Engagement Newsletter  

 
The focus of the newsletter is to have a resource for families, schools, and agencies to go to for family engagement news, success stories, recent research, statewide events, and online resources.  

The newsletter is provided by the Wisconsin State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG).

Inside you'll find:
  • An article highlighting a family engagement impact story
  • Upcoming statewide events, conferences, and trainings
  • Featured online resources 
  • Recent research of interest
  • A monthly article highlighting a Wisconsin statewide parent agency.
How can I sign up to receive the newsletter?

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How can I contribute to the newsletter? 

There are now 2 ways to submit contribution forms for the newsletter. You can either use the online form at http://bit.ly/WO9a39 or use the attached fillable PDF form for contributing articles, events, and resources and send it as an email attachment to Emilie Braunel at ebraunel@wifacets.org.

 

 

 

Family engagement practices & information

 

DPI Family, School, and Community Partnerships Web Page

This web page contains information on family engagement research, best practices, assessment tools, and strategies to engage families.  Links to other websites as well as presentation materials can be found here.  This is home to the Wisconsin E-Brief for Partnership Schools.

Two, new, interactive Power Points designed to spur school staff discussion and capacity for building positive relationships with families are available on this page:

  • Conferences: Building Relationships with Families and handouts, and
  • Between the Open House and Parent-Teacher Conferences: an overview of involving families to support student learning.

Both presentations expand upon research by Harvard Lecturer Dr. Karen Mapp that encourage schools to “Welcome, Honor, and Connect” families to student learning.  http://fscp.dpi.wi.gov/

 

 

National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools

Advancing research and improving education is the goal of the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. Housed at SEDL, this national center disseminates research-based information and resources to foster connections among families, communities, and schools that support school improvement and student learning. Available products include toolkits, an online database of resources, research syntheses and briefs, and webinars.

http://www.sedl.org/connections/

 

 

SEDL: Family and Community

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has a mission to strengthen the connections among research, policy, and practice in order to improve outcomes for all learners. They are a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization. They offer professional development and technical assistance to support schools, districts, and agencies in engaging families and the community as a school improvement strategy. Visit their site to view online modules, archived webinars, and other resources.  http://www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/corp/redirect.cgi

 

 

SEDL:  Working Systemically in Action:  Engaging Family & Community

SEDL’s Working Systemically approach is a process for school improvement—and, ultimately, increased student achievement—that focuses on key components and competencies at all levels of the local educational system. Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community provides best practices, an overview of the Working Systemically approach to school improvement, actions and tools for involving families and community in all phases of the Working Systemically process, examples of how to incorporate family and community engagement into a systemic approach, and research on family and community engagement.  This guide is written for educators, but anyone who supports effective family and community engagement will find it useful.   http://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/family126.html

 

 

The Harvard Family Research Project on Family Involvement

They are committed to meeting the growing demand for information on effective ways to support family involvement in children’s learning and development through research and resources. Learn about the research offered to policymakers and advocates to develop effective policies promoting family engagement and sign up for the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) newsletter to receive the newest and best family involvement research and resources from the Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders.  http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement

 

 

360-Degrees of Family Engagement Series

Georgia Department of Education

Based on sound research and collaborative teaming, Georgia developed the 360‐Degrees process to help schools and districts embed family and community engagement activities into their school improvement processes and to capture engagement data as they work to increase success for all students.

Year Published: 2013

Website:  http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/360-Degrees-Series.aspx

Curriculum Guide:  http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Documents/360%20Curriculum%20FINAL%20Revised%20Sept%202013.pdf

 

 

Measuring Your Family-School-Community Partnerships

This assessment serves as a tool to help schools identify areas of strength and improvement-needed in how they reach out to families.

http://fscp.dpi.wi.gov/files/fscp/pdf/fchklst.pdf

 

 

Classroom Family Engagement Rubric – Flamboyan Foundation

The Classroom Family Engagement Rubric provides teachers with a clear picture of what effective family engagement looks like in the classroom through concrete descriptions of how teachers demonstrate strong family engagement through their conversations and daily practice. From the Flamboyan Foundation and Harvard Family Research Project.

http://www.hfrp.org/var/hfrp/storage/fckeditor/File/file/FINE%20Newsletter/Winter2011/FINE-Flamboyan_Rubric.pdf

 

 

Project Appleseed: National Campaign for Public School Improvement

Project Appleseed provides resources for parents who want to be engaged in their children’s schools and for schools who seek their involvement. They are a nonprofit resource, advocate, and voice for families, in the pursuit of life liberty and happiness, by means of a quality education in America’s public schools. Project Appleseed has three purposes—improvement in learning, wellness, and school facilities. http://www.projectappleseed.org/chklst.html

 

 

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education: (NCPIE)

This professional association is committed to building school family partnerships that work, using evidenced-based approaches. Their goals are better academic and life achievement, empowering parents, improving teacher morale, for the ultimate purpose of improving schools and the communities they occupy. NCPIE is a coalition of major education, community, public service, and advocacy organizations working to create meaningful family-school partnerships in every school in America. http://www.ncpie.org/

 

 

Parent Involvement Matters.org  

Sponsored by the nonprofit National ParentNet Association, Parent Involvement Matters.org is a leading resource on engaging families in the education and positive development of their children. This online community is made up of advocates who support building family-school-community partnerships that advance student learning and achievement.     http://www.parentinvolvementmatters.org/

 

 

Parent Friendly Schools – Starting the Conversation

From the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center (www.iowaparents.org).  This resource features five brief checklists for school improvement teams to gauge how their school creates a welcoming climate, links parents to student learning, bridges cultures, supports parents as advocates, and involves parents in decision making.   To help you understand if you are moving toward best practice in parent engagement.  From the book, Beyond the Bake Sale, by Anne Henderson et al.  http://www.iowaparents.org/files/toolkit/2-3.pdf

 

 

Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) – Family & Community Involvement

This educational site provides information and resources on research, tools, and strategies.  Webinars are available as well as checklists, and guides.  Topics include family and community involvement, attendance, safe schools, common core and much more.  http://educationnorthwest.org/resources/topic/174

 

 

US Department of Education:  Parent and Family Engagement Page:

At this site,  websites, links, and resources are available that will assist in building capacity for parents, families, and communities to fulfill the vision that every parent be a partner in learning and share in the responsibility of their child's education.  http://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

 

 

Parent Involvement:  Strategies for Success

The Education Systems Change Project created this parent handbook as a collaborative effort between the University of Dayton and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.  Parent Involvement: Strategies for Success is intended to assist schools in their attempts to create opportunities for meaningful parent involvement in the education of all children.  Each of the six types of family involvement are highlighted with strategies to encourage family engagement.  http://www.ddc.ohio.gov/Pub/ESCParent.PDF

 

 

Working Together:  School, Family, & Community Partnerships:  A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities

The Toolkit is designed to provide educators with tools and resources for strengthening partnerships between schools and diverse families and communities. The six modules of the Toolkit are designed to help align systemic school, family, and community involvement efforts to characteristics and practices that are common to effective programs.  The toolkit includes self-assessment and survey tools, standards linkages, research, effective practices, videos, and resources.  The toolkit is arranged by each of the six types of parent involvement – communication, parent, student learning, volunteerism, shared decision-making, and collaborating with the community.  http://www.cesdp.nmhu.edu/toolkit/index.asp

 

 

Webinars

Two Webinars originally airing in November contain valuable information about current practices and trends for family-school-community partnerships:

  • FINE, the Family Involvement Network of Educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, sponsored the Webinar, Using Leadership to Promote Strengths-Based Family Engagement. View the archived Webinar at:

https://hgse.adobeconnect.com/_a1081041235/p17zr723psj/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal.

  • Education Week archived the Webinar, Empowering Parents to Transform Schools, available at:

http://edweek.org/media/131115-empoweringparents.pdf

 

 

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education: (NCPIE)

This professional association is committed to building school family partnerships that work, using evidenced-based approaches. Their goals are better academic and life achievement, empowering parents, improving teacher morale, for the ultimate purpose of improving schools and the communities they occupy. NCPIE is a coalition of major education, community, public service, and advocacy organizations working to create meaningful family-school partnerships in every school in America. http://www.ncpie.org/

 

 

Parent Involvement Matters.org  

Sponsored by the nonprofit National ParentNet Association, Parent Involvement Matters.org is a leading resource on engaging families in the education and positive development of their children. This online community is made up of advocates who support building family-school-community partnerships that advance student learning and achievement.  http://www.parentinvolvementmatters.org/

 

 

Illinois Parents

Search the databases by age group, topic or key word for activities, articles and resources on: parent education, communication, professional development, early childhood, special education and English language learners.

Resources for Schools:  http://www.illinoisparents.org/RFS.aspx

Resources for Parents:  http://www.illinoisparents.org/RFP.aspx

 

 

The IRIS Center

The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one.

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/

 

 

IRIS Center Collaborating with Families Online Module

Designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families, this module highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities.

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/fam/

 

 

Beach Center on Disability – Families Website

Family Research Toolkit

The Beach Center Family Research Toolkit contains scales, surveys, checklists, and conversation guides we have developed in the course of our research.  On this website, each tool is described (purpose and measurement), references and links to publications, current research and other resources to where it was used, and links to download the tool or how to request it for FREE.

Toolkit:  http://www.beachcenter.org/families/family_research_toolkit.aspx

Family-professional partnerships

In this partnership, families and professionals collaborate by capitalizing on each other's judgment and expertise in order to increase benefits for students, families, and professionals alike. The Beach Center on Disability has identified seven principles of family-professional partnerships: communication, professional competence, respect, commitment, equality, advocacy, and trust.  Publications and articles can be found at:   http://www.beachcenter.org/families/partnerships/family-professional_partnerships.aspx

 

 

 

early childhood resources

 

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners

The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP) vision is that all children in Wisconsin will receive the necessary services and family supports to attain their optimal developmental potential during the critical early years from birth through age five. Their website has information and resources on a number of topics, such as Homelessness and Poverty, Serving Children with Disabilities, Serving Dual Language Learners, Curriculum and Assessment, and Early Identification. http://www.collaboratingpartners.com/

 

 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides professional development opportunities and resources, sets and publicizes early childhood standards, and builds public understanding and support for developmentally-appropriate activities and services of all young children and their families. Their website has quality, evidence-based information, resources, and materials for anyone working with or is a parent of a young child.

http://www.naeyc.org/

 

 

Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Zero To Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Their mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers. Their website has information, materials and resources on care & education, public policy, maltreatment, and behavior & development. Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family.

http://www.zerotothree.org/

 

 

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The work of this foundation is to equip and train parents about the importance of social emotional growth in children beginning in utero. There are many parent modules on specific topics of interest to parents of young children including Making Connections, Why Do Children Do What They Do, Teach Me What to Do, and Promoting Social and Emotional Growth in Young Children to name just a few. Additional resources include book lists, tools for building relationships, and tools for developing behavior support plans and many more.

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html

 

 

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has a new website to make resources more easily available for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. CELL has a wide array of freely available parent and practitioner-friendly products, including: practice guides for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; videos and podcasts; and a selection of mini posters in interactive and printable versions. CELL has also developed research syntheses and other products for researchers. To learn more about CELL's approach to early literacy learning, watch a brief video introduction to CELL.

http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/  

 

 

 

Academic family engagement resources

 

Grade Level Parent Nights

Teaching for Change.  Grade Level Parent Nights are structured conversations between parents and teachers regarding students’ academic success. In this format, teachers across a grade level host a communal meeting to exchange information with parents and find ways to support each other. Teachers share what the children are learning, how they are learning the content, and what strategies parents can use at home to encourage their child’s academic success.

http://www.teachingforchange.org/how-to-build-a-better-parent-teacher-night

 

 

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)

As an alternative to traditional parent-teacher conferences, Academic Parent–Teacher Teams involve two main components:

1. Three 75-minute classroom team meetings each year. These team meetings are initiated by a personal invitation to the parent by the teacher, and consist of the teacher, the entire class of parents, and a parent liaison.  Each meeting includes a review of student academic performance data, parent–student academic goal setting, teacher demonstration of skills to practice at home, parent practice, and networking opportunities with other parents.

2. One 30-minute individual parent–teacher conference. In this yearly individual meeting parents and teachers review student performance data and create action plans to optimize learning.

http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/academic-parent-teacher-teams-reorganizing-parent-teacher-conferences-around-data

WestEd:  http://www.wested.org/service/academic-parent-teacher-teams-aptt-family-engagement-in-education/

 

 

National PTA Parent Guides to Success

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states.  Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.  There is an English/Language Arts and a Math Guide for Grades Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  There is also a guide for High School – one for English/Language Arts and the other for Math.

http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583

 

 

Common Core Works:  Parent Roadmaps

The Council of the Great City Schools has developed content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in English Language Arts and Literacy and Math. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language, sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core, and tips to parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home. Grades K-8 and High school Parent Roadmaps for English Language Arts and Literacy have been posted and Spanish.

English Language Arts & Literacy:  http://www.commoncoreworks.org/domain/114

Mathematics:  http://www.commoncoreworks.org/domain/149

 

 

Shifts for Students & Families

A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. This practical guide provides steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core.  This document has been translated to several languages.

http://www.engageny.org/resource/shifts-for-students-and-parents

Handout:  http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/parent_workshop_what_parents_can_do_handout.pdf

 

 

Reading Rockets

Families play an important role in how well students do in school. Find information about the importance of teachers and parents working together on behalf of kids, as well as examples of programs that specifically make the link between home and school.  This website contains webcasts, articles, Parent Tip Sheets (in both English and Spanish), and research.

http://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/parent-engagement

 

 

Read On Wisconsin

 Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups. We hope you’ll choose these books as read-alouds or book discussion selections, feature them in displays, or highlight them in other ways as you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books in your library or classroom.

On the ROW web site, you can find out about Read On Wisconsin titles and share information and ideas for ROW programming with other librarians and teachers in our FORUM.

Online literacy program: 

http://readon.education.wisc.edu/

 

 

Strategies Packet for Parents and Students for Improving Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

The Northwest Evaluation Association created this checklist of strategies.  The strategies in this checklist are suggestions that are intended to help increase a child’s understanding of reading, writing, and mathematics and develop his or her confidence in the learning process.  Choosing two to three strategies and implementing them can help a child improve their academic achievement.

https://reports05.nwea.org/nwea/help/DRS_Inst_Strat.pdf

 

 

Building Capacity for Family, School, and Community Engagement Webinars

 Effective family engagement is not a one-time program or the choice of a good school, but rather a set of day-to-day practices, attitudes, beliefs and interactions that support learning at home, at school, afterschool and during the summer. To ensure that the students of today are ready for the careers of tomorrow, families, schools, and community groups need to work together to promote engagement that is systemic, sustained, and integrated into school improvement efforts.

http://www.nationalpirc.org/engagement_webinars/

 

 

 

response to intervention (RtI) resources

 

Response to Intervention and Family Engagement

Wisconsin RtI Center: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) are concepts that require parent engagement to be successful. This site offers a wealth of information to give families the confidence to participate in the process as they engage with their child’s school to implement and sustain these practices. The WI RtI Center offers a series of online modules for families explaining RtI and the relationship between RtI and PBIS. With each module a list of activities is offered to support parent learning. 

http://www.wisconsinrticenter.org/parents-and-family/understanding-rti/femodule.html

 

 

A Parent's Guide to Response-to-Intervention (RTI) - NCLD

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) website provides great information within the guide book. It is clear, concise, and very informative. In addition to the guide book, Topics addressed include parent perspective, tiered interventions, check lists and worksheets. In addition, this site is a good place to go for information that is helpful to parents of children with learning disabilities and also relevant to a broader population of special needs areas.

http://www.ncld.org/learning-disability-resources/ebooks-guides-toolkits/parent-guide-response-intervention

 

 

RTI Parent & Family Resources | RTI Action Network

 Families are critical partners in effective implementation of RTI. As states and school districts work to implement an RTI process that provides early help to struggling students, parents need to understand the essential components of RTI and the roles they can play in supporting their child’s success. There is a long list of topics related to RtI and specific information including research articles, definitions, identification of signs suggesting increased and more intensive support. http://www.rtinetwork.org/parents-a-families

 

 

 

positive behavioral instruction & supports (PBIS) resources

 

PBIS for Parents

For parents who are looking for concrete ways to support PBIS in your children’s schools, this website is the place for you. You will see examples from a Colorado elementary school that provides examples of how to work with parents. One piece that is particularly helpful is a chart that lists Dr. Joyce Epstein’s list of ways to become engaged and specific strategies that relate to each of these categories. Other samples include letters to send home with students and sample newsletters. http://www.pbis.org/training/parents.aspx

 

 

Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time Programs Toolkit

This toolkit was created under the Engaging Families Initiative in Boston Massachusetts.  It contains strategies and tools to help schools improve how they involve families and children in their after school programs.  There are self-assessment tools, checklists, strategies for hiring staff, tips for developing a family engagement plan, connecting with community organizations,

http://bostnet.org/uploads/3/0/3/9/3039436/engagingfamiliestoolkit.pdf

 

 

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The work of this foundation is to equip and train parents about the importance of social emotional growth in children beginning in utero. There are many parent modules on specific topics of interest to parents of young children including Making Connections, Why Do Children Do What They Do, Teach Me What to Do, and Promoting Social and Emotional Growth in Young Children to name just a few. Additional resources include book lists, tools for building relationships, and tools for developing behavior support plans and many more.

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html

 

 

Tips for Parents:  Incorporating Positive Behavior Support (PBS) into the IEP

This document contains tips and suggestions for preparing for the IEP meeting, during the meeting, concluding the meeting, and follow up.   This resource is found on the Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi). 

http://miblsi.cenmi.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=hhEQEb2PcTE%3d&tabid=970

 

 

 

culturally diverse family engagment resources

 

¡Colorín Colorado!

Supported by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Institute for Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education, this reading program provides information on the importance of reading in the lives of English Language Learner (ELL) children. There are fun reading tips and activities, suggestions for choosing books to read with your child, ideas for getting involved at your child's school, and much, much more. Activities and links available at:

http://www.colorincolorado.org/families/

 

 

Lee y serás (Read & You Will Be)

The program is a “multi-faceted, multi-year, read-ing initiative to inform, engage, and help prepare families and communities to support the reading development of Latino children. Lee y serás provides support for Latino parents with training about early literacy, offers educators resources that will create print-rich learning environments for Latino children, and supplies information to public agencies to support Latino literacy in the community. More information about the program is available at: http://www.leeyseras.net/

 

 

National PTA Parent Guides to Success – Spanish version

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states.  Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.  There is an English/Language Arts and a Math Guide for Grades Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  There is also a guide for High School – one for English/Language Arts and the other for Math.

http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583

 

 

CREATE Wisconsin

Every Wisconsin student has the ability to learn, yet we struggle to effectively educate all students. Too often, race is a predictor of success in Wisconsin schools. We want to change that. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin school districts and Cooperative Educational Service Agencies are teaming up to identify, promote and implement new practices. Visit the CREATE website for resources, a newsletter sign-up, videos, and culturally responsive class-room and district practices.

http://www.createwisconsin.net/

 

 

Instruction for Diverse Learners

Find out why inclusive practices are key to school achieving strong measures of academic success for students with disabilities and others. The resource page gives a variety of instructional strategies that are effective for diverse learners along with professional readings and additional links for additional information.

http://inclusiveschools.org/instruction-for-diverse-learners/

 

 

Reaching Out to Diverse Populations: What Can Schools Do to Foster Family-School Connections?

A Strategy Brief of the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools.   This brief gives an example of reaching out, factors one should consider, and suggestions.  September 2005.

http://www.sedl.org/connections/resources/rb/rb5-diverse.pdf

 

 

The Ways – Wisconsin Media Lab

An ongoing series of stories and language from Native Communities around the Central Great Lakes region. 

http://theways.org/

 

 

 

high school & transition family engagement resources

 

Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit

The toolkit offers checklists and tables to help high schools plan and implement family engagement that supports the pathway to graduation for at-risk students (see pp. 78 to 100). From United Way Worldwide and Harvard Family Research Project.

http://www.hfrp.org/content/download/4084/109680/file/FEHS_Toolkit-111611.pdf

 

 

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education

Check out the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s resource booklet for students, parents and schools on everything they need to know about preparing for, succeeding, and getting accommodations in college or technical school. Complete with activities and worksheets so students can learn as they go along. Download the complete PDF file:

http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/files/sped/pdf/tranopndrs.pdf

 

 

Think College

A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, this website is designed especially for families of youth with intellectual disabilities. Get information on specially designed postsecondary programs around the country to find the right one for your child.

Think College has spawned other sites like it through many schools, including UW-Madison.  www.thinkcollege.net

 

 

National Center for Secondary Education & Transition

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. Visit the website for a plethora of resources geared toward families and youth. 

http://www.ncset.org/

 

 

 

additional resources

 

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

The National Federation supports families in all the work that they do at the local, state and national level. Through the various programs and resources, this nonprofit is able to help families and their children obtain the needed resources and supports to help them lead healthy lives. The mission of this family driven organization is to provide advocacy, leadership, technical assistance, and transform health in America. Resources include publications, fact sheets, and much more.

http://www.ffcmh.org/

 

 

Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)

The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs created the FCTD to provide information about assistive technology to organizations that work with families of children with disabilities. The FCTD includes a family information guide to assistive technology (AT) which is a comprehensive resource for parents and guardians on funding for AT; AT in the IEP; as well as many links to other resources on AT.

http://www.fctd.info/

 

 

Bullying Prevention for Schools, Families, and Community Partners

This guide offers best practices in preventing bullying prevention. Many useful resources are embedded in the content as well as a list of helpful resources. The guide is very easy to read and describes strategies for preventing bullying within a variety of con-texts.

http://www.bullyingprevention.org/index.cfm/ID/2/Best-Practices/

 

 

Encouraging Family Fitness & Healthy Habits

Families that play together stay together. This article gives some easy, everyday tips to help families strive more healthy and active lives.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/family-fitness/

 

 

Autism Internet Modules (AIM) - National Professional Development Center in Autism Spectrum Disorders

These modules are available on the Autism Internet Modules (AIM) website hosted by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). The AIM website features content from experts on ASD across the nation on topics including assessment and identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment. Information is presented at a universal reading level with activities providing support to those with introductory or advanced knowledge on ASD.

http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/autism-internet-modules-aim