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Parental Involvement Recognition Awards 2013 Twenty parents from across the state were honored at the State Capitol on November 21, 2013 with a Parental Involvement Recognition Award. This year's awards were presented by SERC and PIRC, in collaboration with the Connecticut Commission on Children. The parents receiving the award have shown active involvement in their child's or children's school or community; support of their local school and contributions to high-quality education for all children; evidence of their ability to make a difference in their local school or community; and dedication and advocacy to ensure equity for all parents and their children. Click here for more information.
Fostering Resilience Many children process their experiences very differently from adults. How do we communicate with young children about potentially traumatic situations in a way they understand? One way is to offer them a children's book with characters going through similar experiences. If those characters have positive attitudes, the young readers might feel more confident in facing their own challenges. Read more...
Let's Talk Series For too long, we have been talking about what families can't do or would not do, don't know or care to know. Now we must ask courageous questions that challenge our beliefs and assumptions about families of color. The "Let's Talk" series can help us think about what we might need to do in our classrooms, schools, and communities to address the needs of the students and families of color we have not reached. Download Flyer for more information.
Parent's Guide to Student Success Created by teachers, parents, education experts and others from across the country, the Parent's Guide to Student Success provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. The Guide includes key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade. It also provides activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning and methods to build stronger relationships with their child's teacher. Visit the National PTA Web site to download Parent Guides in English and Spanish.
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RFP: CT Special Education Survey

SERC, on behalf of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), is seeking competitive proposals that provide EVALUATION SERVICES, including the administration, implementation, and analysis of Year 9 of the Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey.

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New! 2013 School and District Performance Reports

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CT Parent Information and Advocacy Organizations, January 22, 2014

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CT PIRC, a resource for Connecticut families, exists through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education. CT PIRC provides statewide support to families, community and faith-based organizations, and educators. Whether through our Web site or the 1-800 Parent Line, our hope is that we can provide you with valuable tools to help you make informed decisions about your child's education. Please feel free to poke around our Web site and give us feedback on the current content. We welcome all suggestions. The CT PIRC toll-free line (1-800-842-8678) is up and running, so give us a call.

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"It has given me the confidence I needed to make good decisions regarding parenting my children. Also I learned a lot about the benefits of reading to my child and providing a safe playing and learning environment." 
-Parent about CT PIRC

Educational Tip of the Month:


April, 2014: Discuss your family stories and history. Encourage your child to ask relatives questions about their lives. Put the information together in an album or brainstorm different ways to tell family tales, such as poems or short stories.

From: Parents' Guide to Student Success

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