How to support your child with homework

Is homework a struggle for your child?  Most of us remember homework as part of our own learning experience, but not all of those memories are fond.

You might remember slaving away over a research paper while your friends were having fun, or lower grades when you missed turning in a homework assignment. You might also remember discovering the key to a challenging math problem during independent practice, or discovering a passion through learning what you liked to spend the most time on.

Believe it or not, teachers don’t assign homework because they enjoy it. Most genuinely believe that homework

Preparation is key for parent-teacher conference success

It’s that time of year. Many schools have scheduled fall parent-teacher conferences as the midpoint or end of the schools’ first marking period approaches. These meetings with your child’s teachers are a vital opportunity to build the team that supports each student— and yet most conferences are scheduled in blocks of 30 minutes or less! Planning ahead for the parent-teacher conference can help you to make the most of the experience.

Remember that you are the expert on your child, while the teacher is the expert on teaching. The best outcome of a parent-teacher conference is enhanced collaboration on the

Delaware Department of Education seeks public input on ESEA Flexibility renewal

ddoeThe Delaware Department of Education is seeking public input on its ESEA Flexibility waiver renewal application. The U.S. Department of Education has offered states the opportunity to apply for renewed flexibility from specific requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA Flexibility).

To receive renewal states must describe their plans to meet core principles in four major areas:

1. College- and career-ready expectations for all students

2. Differentiated recognition, accountability and support systems for schools and districts

3. Supporting effective instruction and leadership

4. Reducing duplication and unnecessary burden

The Delaware Department of Education received an ESEA Flexibility waiver …

$1000 Delaware Youth Leadership Scholarships available for high school seniors

Jefferson AwardStudent leaders in the Jefferson Awards YSI Program at local, Delaware high schools or Jefferson Awards recipients (during freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors at Delaware high schools and show exemplary attributes in scholastics, leadership and service.

Three $1,000 scholarships (one each in Kent, New Castle and Sussex Counties) will be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Joyce Darling at 302.571.8004 or visit Delaware Community Foundation.

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YSA Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Disney Friends for Change Grants

Disney Friends for ChangeDisney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers $500 to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day – April 17-19, 2015.

Whether protecting the planet, providing food to hungry people, helping other kids learn, or promoting healthy behaviors, Friends for Change help make their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, and fairer.

Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and DC are eligible. Apply by February 18, 2015 to turn your idea from a dream into reality!

For more information, visit Disney Friends