Alabama PTA Parent Involvement better communication between teachers, parents, students, and working synergy to improveeducation for your are visiting the alabama parent Teacher Association http://www.alabamapta.org/aboutus/parent-inv.html
Extractions: Contact Us Parent Involvement The goal of all PTA activities is to involve parents and family in children's education. A key Object of the PTA is "to bring into closer relation the home and school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth." Usually it is not lack of interest that keeps parents from becoming involved in their children's education. Often there are barriers in the way. It is the responsibility of the PTA to spot these barriers and to work to lower them. Some barriers are: lack of time, feeling like they have nothing to contribute, lack of child care, and accessing transportation, etc. Many parents would like to play a more active role in their children's education, but they do not know how-therefore a commitment to develop a parent involvement program is essential. PTA leadership should develop a strong program for parent and family involvement to fulfill the following Objectives: To improve parent/family involvement.
Extractions: Kids 5 and Under Sites for Learning and Fun Kids 6 - 12 KidsPlanet - from the Defenders of Wildlife, animal factsheets, helping the environment and games! Magic School Bus Activity Lab - Space Chase, Build a Bug, Storyteller Studio and more fun stuff! The 4th of July - Celebrate America's Birthday by looking at the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and other texts that helped make us free! Bookworm - see what other kids your age are reading Hurricane - Storm Science - an intro to hurricanes including making weather instruments and what it's like inside a hurricane The Digital Book Club - find some good books to read, games contests and more
National Center For Science Education When teachers, parents, school boards, the press and others need information and OnApril 29, 2004, the alabama state House education Committee passed http://www.natcenscied.org/
Extractions: to the homepage of the National Center for Science Education, Inc NCSE a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian attack. We are a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and "scientific creationism" out. While there are organizations that oppose "scientific creationism" as part of their general goals (such as good science education, or separation of church and state), NCSE is the only national organization that specializes in this issue. When teachers, parents, school boards, the press and others need information and help, they turn to NCSE. While most of NCSE's work involves defending evolution against attacks, we also work to increase public understanding of evolution and science "as a way of knowing." We also have programs to help teachers who want to improve their teaching of evolution. Here you'll find information and resources for all these activities.
Extractions: Abstinence WORKS! Training Choosing the Best provides three age-appropriate abstinence curricula that are known for being easy to use, dynamic, and engaging. Theyre also proven tools in transforming attitudes and behavior of teens about premarital sex. Video vignettes, real life case studies, role plays, interactive exercises and small-group discussions create a directed learning environment that encourages "self-discovery". For more information, click on the programs and products above. How We Started In 1992 Bruce and Donna Cook served as chairpersons of the Health and Safety Committee at their son's school. A sex education program for the middle school was identified as one of the pressing and critical needs. Parent and faculty surveys indicated an overwhelming majority desired an abstinence curriculum. Working with school counselors, educators, parents, and health experts, Bruce developed Choosing the Best , which was field-tested in his son's class. The response from the students, parents, and teachers was enthusiastically and overwhelmingly positive.
Alabama-Coushatta Head Start The program has been serving the alabamaCoushatta continuously We respect and enableparents to be the mental health and nutrition education community advocacy http://www.alabama-coushatta.com/services/headstart.htm
Extractions: Head Start Program The Alabama-Coushatta reservation administers numerous federal programs including a Head Start Program. Head Start is a comprehensive four-day program, aimed at helping each child develop skills, which will enable him/her to function optimally in his/her environment. The program has been serving the Alabama-Coushatta continuously since 1965 and a diverse population of low-income residents living in the Polk County area. The residents plan within the framework of the organization to assist in meeting the educational needs of the children. Operating Hours : The Program and Benefits Statement of Purpose Facilities The Program and Benefits Head Start is designed to meet the needs of the community and the families of the children. The program is the first step in a child's public education and can be most successful when parents become involved at the beginning stages. An open line of communication between staff and parents is required to keep parents actively involved with program planning, carrying out responsibilities through the Policy Council, volunteer participation, insight into child development, and most importantly, planning for and participating in the transition that their child will make from Head Start to Kindergarten.
Population Resource Center This amounts to $2,381 per teen parent due to of abstinencebased and sexuality-basededucation and services May 2001 and reviewed by the alabama Department of http://www.prcdc.org/summaries/alabamatp/alabamatp.html
Extractions: Teen Pregnancy in Alabama While the U.S. teen pregnancy rate decreased by 13 percent between 1992 and 1996, the rate in Alabama declined by only 9.4 percent. The Alabama teen pregnancy rate of 106 per 1,000 women ages 15-19 in 1996 is the 12 th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. The U.S. teen birth rate for teens 15-19 years declined 20.1 percent between 1991 and 1999, while the Alabama teen birth rate decreased 15 percent during the same time period. After reaching 66 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 in 1998, the Alabama teen birth rate declined further, to 62.8 births per 1,000 teenage girls in 1999. Source: Alan Guttmacher Institute Alabamas percent of births to unmarried women was 33.3 percent, just slightly above that of the nation in 1999. Teenage births to unmarried women (71%), however, were among the lowest in the nation in 1997. Alabamas teenagers have a higher marriage rate than teens in other states, and Alabama had the lowest rate of out-of-wedlock births to Hispanic teenagers, and the second lowest rate for white, non-Hispanic teens in 1997. Alabama has been aggressive in reducing out-of-wedlock births. In 1996, Congress established a $20 million award for the top five states that reduce the out-of-wedlock birth rate without increasing the abortion rate. Alabama received the award for two consecutive years.
Extractions: Schools (1,471 public schools in Alabama) are important, make that very important! They not only educate the great majority of children but impact on both the current and future value of your home. Alabama is notorious for very low property taxes which creates some of the lowest funded schools in our nation. If you are looking for good schools you must determine your meaning of good and then make your decisions accordingly. If money spent creates outstanding schools then Washington DC (one of the highest per child funded public schools) would have some of the best schools in the country when in fact they are not. It stands to reason that if a New York school maintenance worker (janitor) makes over $40,000 while a school teacher in Alabama makes between $32,000 - $40,000*, the additional money spent in New York does not necessarily create a "better" school.
Extractions: Schools (1,471 public schools in AL.) are important, make that very important! They not only educate the great majority of children but impact on both the current and future value of your home. Alabama is notorious for very low property taxes which creates some of the lowest funded schools in our country. If you are looking for good schools you must determine your meaning of good and then make your decisions accordingly. If money spent creates outstanding schools then Washington DC (one of the highest per child funded public schools) would have some of the best schools in the country when in fact they are not. It stands to reason that if a New York school maintenance worker (janitor) makes over $40,000 while a school teacher in Alabama makes between $32,000 - $40,000*, the additional money spent in New York does not necessarily create a "better" school.
Extractions: About Charter Schools from the Center for Education Reform Newswire - February 3, 2004 Choice Opponents, Step Aside ... Connecticut's Choice Proposal ... Award-Winning Charters ... Show of Strength in Mississippi ... Auto-Pilot ... Charter Voice on CA Board ... Building Excellent Schools Spare the School, Despoil the Child New York Post Editorial , January 30, 2004 "Because Reisenbach is a charter school, not a traditional public school, something can be done about its chronic and abysmal failures: It can be shut. SUNY trustees were asked to do just that. Instead, they punted." Newswire - January 27, 2004 A Bridge to a Charter School: City Offers Campus Space in Return for Assistance By Justin Blum , Washington Post , January 25, 2004 "What we're seeing now is a recognition that the District itself cannot handle . . . everything it needs to do by itself in a centralized way," said Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform, a Washington-based group that supports charter schools. Charter Schools
Extractions: School Issues ... Parents Community Home-to-School Connection H O M E - T O - S C H O O L C O N N E C T I O N This section is devoted to providing resources to help bridge the gap between the classroom and family home by promoting better parent-teacher communication and understanding. Parent Involvement
Parent Information & Resource Center and English) Principles of ParentingAlabama Cooperative Extension US Departmentof EducationParents Zero to Parents can peruse interesting resources like http://www.frccn.org/pirc.htm
Extractions: Resource Center Accessing Parenting Information As a result of the Nebraska SPRING ECTC Media Center online or by calling the Family Resource Line at The following tips for children are offered to assist with ensuring safety: Never give out personal information. If someone wants to arrange a face-to-face meeting with you, tell your parents or another safe adult immediately. If messages make you feel confused or uncomfortable, end the communication and tell your parents or another safe adult right away Never use bad language or send mean messages on-line. Parenting Web Sites Familyeducation.com Fatherwork Offers inspiring and encouraging stories about fathering in a variety of challenging circumstances. Intended for use by fathers and family professionals. Florida Center for Parent Involvement This series of materials provides a wealth of current information for both parents and providers; the complete set of resources can be obtained in PDF format on the Department of Child and Family Studies Website at http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/cfs/dares/fcpi/
Extractions: BACKGROUND Legislation There is no authorizing legislation at this time. Governance State Level: The Alabama Partnership for Children is governed by a 26 member board of directors . Appointments to the board are made by the Governor of Alabama, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Alabama, and President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate with mandated positions for business, service providers, parents, education, faith-based child care, and community based non-profits. State agency heads also serve as ex-officio board members, and advisory committees guide specific projects. The role of the Partnership is to create a local and statewide system focused on early care and education. Key project to date include:
Extractions: Also see our Alabama Education Resources page. Advocacy, Inc. - An Austin, Texas based non profit organization that represents the disabled community, including special education. The emphasis is to devote resources to the most significant problems identified by the disability community. 1992 Amendments to Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - A civil rights law that protects against discrimination based on disability was amended in 1992 so as to extend the Acts' coverage. Section 508 Guidelines are set forth. Autism/PDD Resources Network - Information and laws about disabilities and education helpful to parents of disabled children.Includes a question and answer guide involving special education Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - Legal and policy resources on the civil rights of people with mental disabilities, including health care, education, housing, federal benefits, insurance and employment. Brain Injury Association USA Home Page - Promotes awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through education, advocacy, research grants and community support services that lead toward reduced incidence and improved outcomes of children and adults with brain injuries.
Kids In The House - Parents And Teachers with a section for parents and teachers Department of Labor educational ResourcesProvides links to General Government education The Digital Classroom Materials http://clerkkids.house.gov/parent_teach/edu.html
EdGate_Special And Gifted Gifted And Talented alabama alabama Association for Gifted Children (AAGC on all aspects of the educationand development of Gifted Development Center Serves parents, schools, and http://www.edgateteam.net/sped_gifted/giftandtalent.htm
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