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Resources for Parent Engagement Month and Getting Involved Week

In support of the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s newly established vision embracing C3 – College, Career, and Citizenship Ready, the office of Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) provides resources, recognition and technical assistance to parents, caregivers, family and community members and schools in an effort to increase parent involvement promotes their children’s success in education.  PACE has the role of fostering wider and more substantive family and community involvement by identifying and sharing information and strategies with schools and districts about the many different ways to get involved in your child’s education.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recognizes the vital roles that schools and families play throughout a child's educational career.  To help parents and families stay involved in education, we want to share with you a few simple ways to stay engaged.

  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out-of-school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage children's development/ progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.

When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life.  We recognize that a child's education is a responsibility shared by both schools and families during the entire period a child spends in school.

The following are just a few suggestions of the many ways you can be involved with your child's education:

  • Contact your child's teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
  • Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
  • Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
  • Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
  • Encourage and nurture your child's creativity.
  • Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child's education.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out of school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage your child's development/progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.

In addition to the suggestions listed above, PACE also accomplishes this by enabling school administrators, educators, parents and the community with the tools and information needed to enhance student learning.  The following are programs supported under the Parent and Community Engagement Division.

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant - The 21st CCLC programs provide safe and engaging learning opportunities for students during their out-of-school hours. These programs offer academic enrichment activities and services such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, tutoring, health and fitness education, mentoring, service learning, and character education that align with the regular school day.  Eligible applicants must propose to serve students who attend a school site that is eligible for designation as a Title I school-wide program. To be eligible for this designation at least 40 percent of the students must qualify to receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.  Faith-based and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply. A partnership with a local school district is required to be eligible. Local Education Agency (LEA) applicants must demonstrate partner-ships with community-based organizations.  We are currently accepting grant applications for the 21st CCLC grant.  For more information, please contact the 21st CCLC Director, Sonia Johnson, at (405) 522-6225. 
  • Parent Engagement Month - October has been designated as “Parent Engagement Month” in Oklahoma.  It is a time to celebrate the important role parents play in their children's education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life.
  • Getting Involved – Oklahoma Family Engagement Week - The last week in February has been designated as “Getting Involved – Oklahoma Family Engagement Week”.  Schools are encouraged to host an event, as their calendar allows, with the intent of engaging and involving parents and community members. Schools are encouraged to register their event on the website in an effort to gain a statewide view of these projects.

This website provides templates to use for hosting the both the Parent Engagement Month and the Getting Involved - Oklahoma Family Engagement Week as well as other resources such as; theme ideas, downloadable information for participants, power points, etc.

We are also encouraging schools that have had success in Parent and Community involvement to share ideas and best practices with the office of Parent and Community Engagement so the resource page becomes a living document.   In that same idea, if there is information that is needed and not on the page, contact the Parent and Community Engagement office to request it.

For further information about both Parent Engagement Month and Getting Involved - Oklahoma Family Engagement Week, please call 405-522-6225.

Resources

Educational Websites

Reading

Alphabet Printable Activities

Just as its title suggests, this website is full of great, printable alphabet activities for young children.

Colorín Colorado

Reading tips in English and Spanish for parents to use with children from birth through the third grade.

Fact Monster™

Find fun facts about most subjects and quizzes and games.

Fun Brain

This site provides fun word games like Mad Libs as well as on-line books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  There are other great math and learning games here too.

Florida Center for Reading Research

This website is a goldmine of literacy activities for adults to use with children.  Developed for teachers, it has activities broken out by age and developmental skill sets.

Grammar Glossary

An on-line resource for definitions of some of those tricky grammar concepts for grades K-6.

PBS Kids and Word Games

This is one of the many fun activities the PBS Kids website has to offer to children.  When you’ve finished with some word games look around the website for more.  Also check out Word Quest.

Parts of Speech

Offer Powerpoints for adults and interactive activities for children about the parts of speech and math.

Reading Rockets

This site provides lots of reading help for parents, mentors, and teachers.  It has a section entitled “Helping Struggling Readers” that is particularly helpful for anyone with reluctant readers or children who seem to be slower to catch on.

Reading A-Z

Thousands of downloadable, projectable, printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction. 

RIF’s Reading Planet

Offer interactive reading-based games, activities, and age-appropriate book suggestions for children to enjoy.

Sprout™ On-line

For the preschool set, there is Sprout on-line.  It has lots of games and activities that children 5 and under will enjoy.

Starfall

Starfall is an excellent website with fun, interactive games and lots of other activities.  “Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).”

Thinkfinity

This is one of the most comprehensive on-line resources for adult and family literacy in the U.S. 

Vocabulary and SpellingCity

Children can enter their spelling and vocabulary words on-line and have this website make their homework into fun games.

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Word Girl Synonym Toast

Offers a fun game allowing children to find synonyms for words and challenge their friends when they have finished.

Math

Cool Math®

This site calls itself “an amusement park for math and more.”  It has games for young children in kindergarten through high school.

Math Cats

This website has lots of interesting math activities for children of all ages.

Math Playground®

This site calls itself “an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students.”  Here students can practice math skills, play logic games and have fun with math.

Roz’s Math-a-Rama

A fun and interactive site created by Houghton Mifflin Math with lots of grade-specific activities for children K-6.

Science

Homework Spot

Offers help with homework in subjects ranging from science fair projects to math, history, chemistry, and English class.

Science Storybooks

This site uses animated storybooks to “help teach science in a fun and entertaining manner.”

Try Science

This site provides interactive science “adventures,” experiments, field trips, and live cameras located at various science centers in the U.S.

Health

Captain Supertooth

 

This site provides dental education related games and activities for children and ideas and tips for parents by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation.

Bullying Prevention

 

This is the Oklahoma State Department of Education's website on Bullying Prevention. This site includes resources and FAQs.

Prevention Education 

 

This is the Oklahoma State Department of Education's website on Prevention education. This site includes information on drug prevention, mental health, and youth violence.

Local Resources

Metro Family Magazine

This website provides quality parenting information, idea sharing, and where to find what kind of local kid-friendly events are happening in Oklahoma City.  They also have an email list for their newsletter Weekend Picks, with resources to plan the perfect family weekend. 

Red River Family Magazine  

Red River Family Magazine is an online parenting community featuring articles on parenting issues, military life, and expert advice in raising the next generation. 

Tulsa Kids

This website provides quality parenting information, idea sharing, and where to find what kind of local kid-friendly events are happening in Tulsa. 

 

Parent Information

Common Core State Standards

The Web site for Common Core for each grade level, in English and Spanish.

Count Down to School Success

Great resource on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Web site for the beginning of the school year.

National PTA

National Parent Teacher Association

Oklahoma PTA

Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association

OSDE Community Page

Oklahoma State Department of Education Community Page

OSDE Parent Page

Oklahoma State Department of Education Parent Power Blog

For more information, contact the office of Parent and Community Engagement at: (405) 522-6225.

Last updated on July 28, 2014