Family involvement strategies and student academic enrichment ideas are a big part of the coveted Multicultural Teacher’s Desk Calendar rolling out once again to schools across the District. The Department of Multicultural Education is distributing the multilingual calendar for the 11th year which features finger-tip resources for instructional strategies, classroom activities, and suggestions to parents for activities to help their youngsters.
Need to know the deadline to submit Choice/Magnet Pprogram applications? Confused about when Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage is commemorated? The interactive home-school calendars provides that information and more. Parents Involved in Creating Student Success (PICKS) and Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) are included to help develop successful partnerships for student academic success. The interactive homework activities that precede each month’s calendar are provided in English, spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole.
The calendar features culturally and historically signficant events, as well as a variety of tips for creating a community of diverse learners in each classroom and school. Who gets these calendars? Specialist Connie Berry said they’re designed for use by all elementary school teachers, middle school English teachers, language arts teachers, intensive reading and ESOL teachers, high school ESOL cordinators, and all guidance counselors. “The calendars are popular because everyone knows they’re full of research-based strategies that educators can use for student and parent engagement,” she stated. “Teachers are always telling us they rely on this resource for some of the facts and dates included about specific cultures and historical events.”
School administrators support the effort each year by supplying the necessary paper for teachers to duplicate the suggested activities for distribution to students and parents; promoting a family-friendly school atmosphere; including family involvement strategies from each of the Six National PTA Standards in the school improvement plans; and encouraging teachers to consistently send home the monthly interactive homework.
For details about the interactive homework or the school, home, and community partnerships, Contact Ms. Berry at 561.434.7348 or email Connie.email@example.com.