Welcome to webinar #4 in the 5-part webinar series on parent engagement, developed for the 1charter members of the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network, a key community-based effort of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading . The Parent Engagement series is produced by Reading Rockets in partnership with the Campaign.
- Emily Dreyfus: Director for the JustChildren Community Education and Outreach at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VA
Family Advocacy (PPT)
- Suzanne Lang: Program Associate in Learning Disabilities at the Tremaine Family Foundation
Don’t “Dys” Our Kids: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade Level Reading Proficiency (PPT)
- Tina Chovanec: Director of Reading Rockets, WETA Learning Media
(See Reading Rockets resources in the “Related resources” section below.)
Research and Reports
- Don’t “Dys” Our Kids: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency (Tremaine Family Foundation)
Tip Sheets and Articles for Parents from Reading Rockets
- Who’s Who in Your Child’s School
- Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs
- When to Call Your Child’s Teacher
- Talk with Your Child’s Teacher (For parents who are new to the U.S., from our bilingual sister site, Colorín Colorado)
- Common Signs of Dyslexia
- Successful Transition to Kindergarten for Learners Who May Be at Risk for Learning Disabilities
- Recognizing Reading Problems
- Having Your Child Tested for Learning Disabilities Outside of School
- Seeking Help for a Struggling Reader: 8 Steps for Parents
- How Parents Can Be Advocates for Their Children
- Designing a Dossier: An Instruction Book for Your Child
- The IEP Team
Target the Problem
Target the Problem is an interactive online tool from Reading Rockets designed to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. Parents can find practical suggestions on what they (and the kids themselves) can do to help overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.
Put Downs and Comebacks
Put Downs and Comebacks is an online tool from Reading Rockets to help a parent respond to some of the negative feelings their child might express about their struggles. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re struggling with reading, for example. This tool can help parents discover a child’s “put downs” may mean and what “comebacks” you can say or do to encourage a child to keep trying.
LD OnLine is a goldmine of research-based information about learning disabilities and ADHD. Here you’ll find a comprehensive library of resources for educators, LD advocates, families, and children with learning disabilities.
Rick Lavoie is one of the strongest voices for children with LD. A popular author and speaker about learning disabilities, Lavoie helps parents learn how to advocate for and support their children with LD. Rick is probably best known for his videos How Difficult Can This Be: The F.A.T. City Workshop, Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities, and When the Chips are Down. LD OnLine features a library of articles and book excerpts authored by Lavoie.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is an excellent resource for communities, parents, and educators about programs and services for children with disabilities.
Launching Young Readers: Advocating for Your Child
These four clips highlight how parents are learning to become effective advocates for their struggling learners. The clips are excerpted from our PBS shows Empowering Parents and Adventures in Summer Learning. Browse the full library of Launching Young Readers.
Webcast: Making Parents Partners
In this webcast from Reading Rockets, Karen L. Mapp, Susan Hall, and Tom Bowman discuss the powerful effects of getting parents involved in their child’s school and academic development. Watch the intro clip with Dr. Mapp below or watch the full webcast.