Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New format for K-5 Report Cards in DPS

We are in the middle of another great PFAST (Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training), so we are spending more time then usual on the DPS website and have been finding some new tools and information.   If you have a Kindergarten-5th grade student you might be interested in the district's new report card format.  DPS is transitioning to using the levels 1, 2, 3, & 4 that you may be familiar with from End-of-Grade (EOG) Tests as the report card ‘grading’ method K-5 for every school.  

Previously you saw this mostly in grades K-2 with letter grades (the traditional A, B, C, D, F) starting at third grade.  DPS has produced a guide on their website that you might be interested in reading.  It doesn’t give copies of the report card, but more so the description of what the numbers mean and how it relates to your student's progress.  The new report card format is designed to reflect more specific standards and more closely align with the new Common Core Standards.

Monday, October 29, 2012

DPS makes Student Information available online via Parent Assistant

Parent Assistant, an online access point for your student's data K-12, is available to Durham Public School parents who sign up at their school.  Parent Assistant gives you access to grades, credits, attendance data, courses, and much more.  You do have to go to your school, see the NC Wise Data Manager, and show a photo id to get started.   Just go to the front desk to find and ask for them.  Here's more information.  It sounds like a great tool for parents!

Durham Education Resources would love to hear more about your experience with Parent Assistant.  Anyone tried it?  How does it work for  you?  Was it easy to get started?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Education Forum on Engaging African American Parents Sat. 10/27

A free forum "Engaging African American Parents, Fostering Our Children's Success" will be held at NC Central University on this Saturday, October 27 at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Wynetta Lee, new Dean of the School of Education at NCCU. 

Workshops on the under-performance of black students and other topics will be addressed.  This is the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People's 1st Annual Education Forum.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Advocacy Workshop on 10/11 Informs Parents about Budgetary Impacts

The Our Community, Our Priorities Event and Advocacy Workshop at DSA on Thursday October 11th is an important opportunity to learn more about how the State budget impacts local programs and schools.  Cooperative Extension’s Strengthening Families Coalition is one of the sponsors of the event.  We will have a table and I will be participating in a conversation about advocacy skills regarding the budget.  Please consider attending.  


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Make a difference for your child--PFAST Training for Parents starts October 9th!

Do you want to better navigate our public and charter schools to help your child succeed?   Have you received your child’s first progress report and it is not what you expected? Do you find the maze of school choices confusing? Do you want to better understand the programs schools offer for your child? Are you an advocate for a child and want to know more? Do you have an EC or AIG child who needs support?

If you haven't yet, you will want to consider taking the popular Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) starting Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00-8:00PM at Durham Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street.  This six-week workshop series will help any parent K-12 better navigate our schools and build partnerships—public  and charter schools—to help your child succeed.   Dinner is included and childcare is available.

A flyer and registration form are available at the links below with all dates and more information.    Please note this is the only open series for any parent from any school before 2013.

Who should come to PFAST?
v  ANY Parent K-12 who just wants to know more about public or charter schools and how to get the most of your child’s education.
v  Grandparents, guardians, and foster parents
v  Families with exceptional or gifted children
v  Parents from other countries who want to better understand the American education system and Durham & NC in particular.
v  Parents with Pre-K Children who want to know more about schools and make choices for the future.
v  Parents who have children in Middle or High School and are encountering new challenges.

What topics are covered?
·         Parent Involvement and Advocacy
·         Building a Positive Parent – School Relationship
·         School Choice and School Lotteries
·         Common Core / NC Standards & No Child Left Behind
·         Improving Parent-School Communication
·         Maximizing Parent-Teacher Conferences
·         Testing / EOGs & EOCs
·         High School Requirements
·         AND much more!

The program will accept registrations up to October 9th depending on space.  Please call Donna Rewalt, PFAST Coordinator, at (919) 560-0538 or by email at if you have questions.    Also, LPFAST in Spanish will be offered at several schools through a partnership with DPS starting in November.  We will share more information when the dates and locations are set.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ABC's of IEPs training on 10/6--Register today!

THE ABC's OF IEPs," facilitated by the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is a great workshop for any parent, guardian, or those working for young people with special needs.  The ECAC workshop will make a difference for your child or those you work with. This free workshop takes place this Saturday, October 6th, 9:00am-3:30pm, at the Shared Visions Retreat Center, 3717 Murphy School Rd., Durham.  It is well worth the investment of your time.

If you have a special needs child who either needs or currently has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school, this workshop will provide you with vital information to help you navigate the special education system.  Professional treatment providers and educators are also invited to attend and are requested to bring a parent with them.  This workshop is free of charge and includes all training materials, refreshments and lunch!
If you get this after the registration deadline, call them directly as they may still have space.

Register by clicking the link below.