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Resources for Parents from Diverse Cultures

These tools are designed to help schools work with parents from diverse cultures to support the family’s engagement in their child’s education.  Tools are provided to help parents support their child’s academic performance, become more informed decision makers about their child’s education, and improve home-school communication and partnership.

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  • Keys to Success in the Family-School Partnership

    As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When your child enters school, you and the school become partners in what you both hope will be the successful development and education of your child. Years of research show that the more families are actively involved in the education of their children, the more successful the child will be in school and in life. This handout will give you some tips for creating a positive and productive partnership.

    ( Hmong Version )

    ( Somali Version )

    ( Spanish Version )

Tools for Parents

School Record Keeping Folders

To Order:

Call PACER Center: 952-838-9000

Publication Code: MPC-6

Price: $10 each | 10+ copies $8 each

To advocate effectively for your child (speak up on his or her behalf), and make good decisions about your child’s education, you need to have important information from the school. School records, such as test scores, report cards, or behavior reports, all contain information for making educational decisions. Keeping track of school paperwork is an important part of parent involvement.

Being organized will make it easier for you to use the information to keep track of your child’s progress in school, and this School Record Keeping Folder is a practical way to do that. Each tabbed folder also has tips for gathering and using the information in that section to help your child to be successful in school.

Folders included in the set:

  • Important School Information
  • School Meetings About My Child
  • Home and School Communication
  • Report Cards and Test Reports
  • Other Important Records
  • Schoolwork Samples and Awards

Available in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali


Special Education School Record Keeping Folders

To Order:

Call PACER Center: 952-838-9000

Publication Code: PHP-a5

Price: $10 each | 10+ copies $8 each

Special education records contain important information for making educational decisions. Parents should keep copies of the records and use them for educational planning with the school.

Parent involvement matters: Parents want their children to learn, have friends, and be happy in school. Research has shown that when parents are involved in their child’s education, students are more likely to:

  • Show positive attitudes toward school
  • Attend school regularly
  • Earn higher grades and test scores
  • Graduate and continue their education after high school

Folders included in the set:

  • Current Special Education Program
  • Home and School Communication
  • Current School Evaluation Report
  • Report Cards and Test Reports
  • Other Important Records
  • Schoolwork Samples and Awards

Available in English


IEP Meeting Parent Tip Card

Laminated cards with questions to ask during your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, as well as questions to ask about the IEP process. 2014. (See Translations pages for Hmong, Spanish, and Somali.)

Available in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali

To Order:

Call PACER Center: 952-838-9000

Publication Code: PHP-a45

Price: $0.25 each | 100+ copies $0.20 each

One free copy available to Minnesota parents or guardians of children with disabilities and to Minnesota young adults (age 14 and older) with disabilities.

 


Family Fun Reading Activity Cards

These activity cards help your child develop literacy skills that are important for reading and learning success. You can do these fun skill-builders at home, in your neighborhood, and on the go! For children in grades K-3.

Available in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali

To Order:

Call PACER Center: 952-838-9000

Publication Code: PHP-a43

Price: $4 each | 10+ copies $2.50 each | 100+ copies $2.00 each

One free copy available to Minnesota parents or guardians of children with disabilities and to Minnesota young adults (age 14 and older) with disabilities.

 


Family Fun Math Activity Cards

These activity cards help your child develop math skills that are important for learning success. You can do these fun skill-builders at home, in your neighborhood, and on the go! For children in grades K-3.

Available in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali

To Order:

Call PACER Center: 952-838-9000

Publication Code: PHP-a46

Price: $4 each | 10+ copies $2.50 each | 100+ copies $2.00 each

One free copy available to Minnesota parents or guardians of children with disabilities and to Minnesota young adults (age 14 and older) with disabilities.

 

Training Videos

Help Your Child Succeed at School: What Parents Need to Know

The goal of this series is to help you, the parent of a child, help your child succeed at school and improve his or her reading skills.

Videos in this Series

Video 1: You Can Help Your Child Succeed

16:00 min

Video 2: Let's Read

11:18 min

Video 3: Teacher's Top Three Tips

9:15 min

Video 4: Learning Challenges

8:47 min

Ayude a su Hijo a Tener Éxito en la Escuela: Lo que los Padres Necesitan Saber

La meta de esta serie de videos es ayudar a usted, el padre de su hijo, a ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en sus estudios y mejorar sus destrezas de lectura.

Videos en esta Serie

Video 1: La Importancia de Participación de la Familia en la Educación

17:20 min

Video 2: Mejorando las Destrezas de Lectura de su Hijo

21:33 min

Pab kom koj tus me nyuam kawm tau ntawv: Qhov cov niam txiv yuav tau paub

Lub hom phiaj ntawm cov kev qhia no yog pab koj, tus me nyuam niam thiab txiv, los pab kom koj tus me nyuam kawm tau ntawv thiab txhawb koj nws txawj nyeem ntawv mus ntxiv

Cov video qhia sib txhuas zus

Daim ib: Koj muaj cuab kav pab kom koj tus me nyuam kawm tau ntawv

21:55 min

Daim ob: Nyeem ntawv seb

21:33 min

Daim peb: Tus kws qhia ntawv thawj peb qho tswv yim

18:44 min

Daim 4: Kawm tsis tshua tau ntawv

22:19 min

You can also check out our Parent Perspective Videos - Parent Voices on Parent Involvement Series

Parents answering questions about the importance of school involvement, how to be involved in your child's education, wishes, barriers, and tips.

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Translated content: Hmoob/Hmong | Español | Soomaaliga/Somali

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