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Program Aims to Get Parents on Children’s Academic Team

LA School Report | November 25, 2013



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LA Times Photo: New Open World Academy first grade teacher Bianca Sanchez

LA Times Photo: New Open World Academy first grade teacher Bianca Sanchez

Via the LA Times | By Stephen Ceasar

When Carmina Rosas visited her son’s first-grade classroom, she got a lesson of her own.

She learned that her 6-year-old, who attends New Open World Academy in Koreatown, could read 59 of the 96 “high-frequency” words he should have known by that time in the school year.

She found out that to remain at grade level, her boy would need to know nearly three times as many words by the end of the year. To help him stay on track, Rosas was taught reading games they could play together. And, she received a personal homework assignment: to help her son reach 160 words in the next couple of months.

This was no ordinary parent-teacher conference. For one thing, the 20 or so parents met as a group with teacher Bianca Sanchez. For another, Sanchez discussed students’ performance data and then taught the parents skills to help their children at home. It’s called Academic Parent Teacher Teams, a program aimed at helping parents take a more active role in their children’s education.

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