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Resources for School Success

Families, schools, and communities all play an important role in how well children do in school, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. University of Minnesota Extension’s new School Success website offers the latest research and easy-to-use tools to support children’s learning, for both parents and school staff. Here’s the link:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/school-success/ 
The website has resources for both families and professionals. Families can find support in the following three areas:

Supporting Learning — Create a supportive learning environment at home and the community.
Making School Transitions Positive — Help children transition into, between, and out of school.
Building Stronger Parent-Child Relationships — Strengthen parent-child relationships to help children succeed in school.

Professionals can find support like this:

Family Engagement Tools — These tools range from tips for effective communication to ideas for family outreach efforts.
Research on School Success — This literature review summarizes the effect of family on children’s learning.
Partnering for School Success Take and Teach Lessons — These short lesson plans can be used with parents to help them better support their children’s education.
Partnering for School Success — This culturally sensitive model has blossomed into a number of programs and resources that strengthen partnerships between parents and children, and parents and schools.

We hope these resources prove useful to you. Feel free to contact us with any questions. And please share! Forward this email to your contacts, a listserv, or mailing list.

Together, we can support children’s learning.

Sincerely,
Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Lori Hendrickson, and Kathleen Olson
University of Minnesota Extension

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