As a parent, you want the best for your child. But, with all of the reasons why a school could be the best fit for your child, how do you choose? Our Parent Resource library is your tool for empowerment! Just look at the topics you can explore!
Academic Curriculum and Assessment
What is all of the discussion regarding testing and proficiency about? How do I know which test I should be concerned with or what the difference in tests is? Click here to explore the common themes heard as related to education in Michigan.
FAQ’s & Common Definitions
Many parents have questions regarding school choice as well as the lingo that is used in public education. Get your questions answered and gain a better understanding of the common vocabulary used in schools so that you are empowered to have meaningful conversations with school leadership.
Making the Long-Term Choice
As a parent you may have found yourself in the position of making a new decision for your child’s school each year as you have been disappointed in the results. While choice is so important, making the right choice is even more important. Research shows that commitment to a school improves student achievement significantly. Find out more on how you can best set your child up for long-term success!
Parent & Family Support
Parent involvement in building the community and as a partner in education with the school is powerful. There are numerous parent networks and parent support networks around that the state that support parents in becoming a resource to your child’s school if you should choose to do so. Building a community is vital to creating a safe, nurturing and engaged environment. Parents have the best opportunity to do this and great schools welcome parents in this role.
Preparing for College
As your child prepares for college, are you prepared as a parent to support the journey? Many parents fear the idea of their child going to college because financial resources will not be available. However, with proper planning, there are several resources and planning tools to secure the financial support necessary. Between scholarships, financial aid, grants, etc. your child can go to college, regardless of your financial resources. Ensure you have put the right processes in place once your child enters high school to ensure no stone is left unturned and the best chance for success is leveraged!
Tools for Making “Your Choice”
While all parents have at one time or another longed for a clear instruction guide to help navigate the waters of the hardest job anybody will ever do, the harsh reality is that is doesn’t exist. So, as you wade through the waters of choosing a school for your child, the hope is to bring a little more clarity and understanding to the process. Clarity starts with asking yourself the questions to determine what factors might motivate you to make a choice.
Understanding Classroom Ratios
The debate regarding the effect of classroom ratios is one that is ongoing and likely not one that will ever truly have a resolution. Often time, the conversation around classroom management is linked back to classroom ratios. While it is certainly true regardless that lower ratios allow for more student interaction from a teacher, it is not known as to whether students within a well-managed classroom realize they are getting less time because the time is more effective. Learn more about this controversial topic!