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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Parent-Teacher Partnerships – Be Involved as School Begins
By Dessie R. Olson, M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, social studies teacher at East High School, Salt Lake City

Research shows one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school is to be involved in their education. Being involved may take many different forms, but the efforts should always lead you to becoming more aware of your child’s school experience. How can you become more aware as the school year begins? Here are some suggestions:

  • Read the school and classroom policies and procedures, and don’t forget about the school newsletter and Web site – they’re full of reminders and information that could be helpful to you and your student. Being familiar with how things work is a great way to get off on the right foot.
  • Help your child calm nerves by visiting the school your child will be attending before school starts. In addition to finding their class rooms, keep an eye out for where their locker and other important areas are such as the lunch room, office, gyms and restrooms.
  • Review the core curriculum to get an idea of what concepts, knowledge, and skills your student will be learning. You can access the Utah State Core Curriculum at

Do what you can to keep communication between you, your child, and the school open. The more you communicate, the more you’ll be aware and the more support your child will feel and receive.