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The role of parents and families in the success of their children cannot be overstated. From birth on, family involvement in all aspects of children’s lives impacts the academic and social-emotional well-being of the whole child.
Grade retention refers to the practice of keeping a child in the same grade for more than one year, typically because of poor school performance. In most cases, parents and educators retain students because they have not mastered the skills needed to be successful at the next grade level. They believe that receiving the same instruction for another year will provide more time for the child to learn the skills and mature physically and intellectually.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes children are most successful when they are supported to advance grade levels with their peers, when possible, while reasons behind their lack of academic progress are sorted out and addressed. This article provides information on whether grade retention is best for your child.
Grade retention, also known as nonpromotion, flunking, failing, being held back, or the gift of time, refers to a child repeating his or her current grade level again the following year. Whether used to address low performance and/or behavior problems, research generally has not found favorable achievement or adjustment outcomes for students who are retained. Nevertheless, retention rates have been rising. This trend appears to be heavily influenced by the recent “reform” movement emphasizing national or state-wide educational grade-level standards and accountability and the accompanying grade-level tests to determine which students are promoted to the next grade. The National Association of School Psychologists provides this guide for parents on grade retention. Whatever the reason, if retention is suggested for your child, it is vital that you as a parent make sure you know what options are available and are involved in making decisions about his or her education. By working together, parents and educators can discuss and identify specific strategies to help ensure the educational success of your child.
These materials aim to provide accessible and practical information about copyright – its protections, its limitations, and its role in encouraging creativity. Rather than just emphasizing what copyright prohibits, the goal here is to offer useful and positive information about what copyright allows and how students can successfully navigate and rely on copyright in their own roles as creators. It is important to note that these materials focus on copyright in the United States. Other countries have similar frameworks, but their rules may differ on certain concepts such as fair use.
Digital citizenship is a critical skill for students of today and our leaders of tomorrow. DigCitCommit and the ISTE Standards for students explore five competencies will shift the conversation from don'ts to do's.
Digital Wellbeing: Tools to Balance Tech and Life
Make esports available to every student as a legitimate varsity level sport in high schools across the nation. We achieve this by making it easy for faculty to offer students an opportunity to engage in healthy esports competition, surrounded by peers, and supervised by teachers. Through organized Esports competition students will tie their commitment to gaming to their success in academics and future careers.
Distance Learning Resources for Administrators, Educators and families.
The California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance was adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) at their meeting on May 12–13, 2021.
Code.org is a non-profit organization and eponymous website that aims to encourage people, particularly school students in the United States, to learn computer science.
Welcome to SBCSS eSports! eSports is the term used to describe "electronic" sports video game played by professional and amateur player/athletes. eSports also refers to a growing industry that in addition to game development, includes careers and opportunities in marketing and broadcasting. The critical thinking, communication and team work required to compete make eSports more than just "playing" video games. Colleges and Universities have recognized the explosion of this new sport and have begun to offer scholarships and play opportunities to students. Visit our website to learn more about opportunities for eSports in San Bernardino County!
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop physical fitness and health.
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
This article by Karen D'Souza offers ideas for ways parents can help prepare their child for first grade following a year of kindergarten via zoom or no kindergarten at all. Parents need to ask, "Is my child emotionally and socially ready for first grade?" in addition to academically readiness.
CaliforniaColleges.edu is the State of California’s official college and career planning platform. It’s a one-stop shop that empowers students to set goals for life after high school, make plans to achieve them, and launch their futures. To access the resources, you will have to create an account. Accounts are free for California 6th-12th grade students, their parents, and educators.
Museums, movie theaters, concerts and other events have all taken a hit since COVID-19 emerged. Luckily, the creative world has gotten — creative — and found new, alternative ways to provide virtual cultural and educational experiences during these challenging times. If you’re hankering for a little art immersion, there are a variety of virtual museum tours you can take, all from the comfort of your home. Best of all, you won’t have to navigate a sea of crowds and selfie sticks to get a closer look at a Van Gogh or Monet.
San Bernardino County has over 30 libraries and branches throughout the community. This interactive map provides information about each one, as well as the location and hours. Libraries are a great source for books and media for all ages.
Building strong oral language (speaking and listening) skills is a crucial foundation for participation in school, for developing reading and writing proficiency, and for academic success.
SALSA blends puppets, animation, live action and music to create a unique experience for first-time learners of Spanish language and culture. The series spices up learning by creating a visually exciting production, complete with funny characters that children can enjoy, in situations they can quickly recognize and understand.
Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.
Language Learning Activities at Home presented by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). CAL is a non-profit organization its mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis.
Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.
This article gives recommendations to education professionals in creating theater, music, book club, educational games, and after-school athletic activities for special needs students. The report also provides resources on organizations advocating for inclusive activities and recreational resources for special needs participants.
Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Their timely parenting advice supports families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age.
It’s never too early to begin teaching your children the basics of good money management. Learn ideas and strategies to start and continue the important money conversation at home and help them build healthy, lifelong financial habits. Explore our resources and activities and engage your kids today!
The Hands on Banking® courses are a great way for elementary, middle, and high school students to explore and practice money skills. Start learning today.
This article discusses research showing that, "while young people can sometimes struggle with a sense of purpose, they are likely to find it in concrete and action-oriented goals."
The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative provides talking points that can be used as conversation starters for school districts and community partners to talk about the importance of college and career readiness.
This article provides tips for parents and family members for guiding new college graduates toward careers.
This policy report presents key findings regarding the importance of college readiness on postsecondary outcomes and provides recommendations to support students' college readiness.
The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program provides career development information and "resources to support development of the critical career self-management skills necessary for success in today's world of work."
Education Week's 'spotlight' on career readiness is a series of articles that discuss (1) measurement of career readiness, (2) the role of work-based learning and community engagement, (3) individual student preparation plans, and (4) social and emotional skills essential to college and career success.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) discusses the importance of mentors in students' education, daily life, and careers, as well as connecting young people with mentors.
Helpful tips for parents to help students decide on college and why college matters.
This blog post from College Board provides a guide to help students select a degree area to study in college.
This resource from UC Berkley provides tips for parents to help them support their college student or recent graduate in finding a job or internship, as well as answer commonly asked questions and identifies career center resources.