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Resources and publications for parents and schools
Links to parent involvement programs and resources
A list of guest panelists on the September 2002 Education News Parents Can Use
Debut of Education News Parents Can Use
No Child Left Behind
The No Child Left Behind official web site provides resources and information to help answer questions about the new education law signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002.
No Child Left Behind—For Parents
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life.
The Achiever is a biweekly electronic newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Education that contains news and articles on education reform, tips for parents and teachers, and resources related to No Child Left Behind.
National Parent Information Network
The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) is a project of the ERIC system, which is administered by the National Library of Education. The mission of NPIN is to provide access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education. The site features a Virtual Library, the Parents AskERIC question-answering service and the PARENTING-L electronic discussion list.
Susan Sclafani is Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Education. In her position, she advises the Secretary on educational issues and initiatives, with a primary focus on the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to this position, Dr. Sclafani was Chief of Staff for Educational Services in the Houston Independent School District where she represented the Superintendent on educational issues and coordinated activities of the departments directly involved in the education of children. Dr. Sclafani has also served as Assistant Superintendent in Construction Management and has previously served as Executive Director of Curriculum Development, where she planned the district-wide K-12 Character Education program, directed project ACCESS (A Collaborative Curriculum To Enhance Student Success) and guided the plans to restore the accreditation status of the school district.
Joseph Pruden is a parent and student advocate active in education issues. As both a parent and community member, Joseph sits on both the Prince George's County and Maryland State councils dedicated to family involvement in education. Additionally, he is the Vice President of Prince George's County Council of Parent Teacher Associations. Presently, Joseph is working with local schools to make them more accountable by raising awareness of test results with parents.
Joyce Covington is the Mathematics Department Chair at Holmes Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. While serving a large population of special need and disadvantaged students, this Virginia State Blue Ribbon award winning school from Fairfax County has distinguished itself as a leader in using test results to individual instruction and improve teaching practice.
Dr. Susan Neuman is the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. In her capacity, she serves as an adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education on all matters related to elementary and secondary education and is principally charged with implementing the reading initiatives and programs authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Neuman was a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. She is a board member of the International Reading Association and has published widely, especially regarding literacy.
Bernice Whelchel, an educator for 32 years, is principal of City Springs Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland. In the past six years, she has guided City Springs Elementary school-wide reform efforts, which has boosted the school's overall state assessment scores to sixth in the city. She has directed her school to meet the many demands of the No Child Left Behind Act and has seen these reforms work firsthand. Last Winter, Whelchel served as a panelist on U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige's Reading Leadership Academy to share how a research-based curriculum turned a failing school into a successful one.
Cheri Yecke is the Director of Teacher Quality and Public School Choice at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to this position, she was the Secretary of Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Yecke has also held the position of Deputy Secretary of Education. She has served on the Virginia State Board of Education as well as the Governor's Champion Schools Commission. In addition, Dr. Yecke was a public school teacher for nine years and spent three years teaching at the university level. She has received awards from the Virginia Educational Research Association and Eagle Forum and was selected as the 1998 Teacher of the Year in Stafford County, Virginia.
Debra Schiavoni is a single-parent from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Debra received a "Classroom Plus" grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase tutoring services for her son and serves as a parent/student advocate helping promote the grant program to others in her community. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country to offer these types of vouchers to parents who want to help their children get the additional educational support and tutoring they need.
Meredith Wade is the Executive Secretary at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Church and serves as the Administrator of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. The consortium is a community-wide faith-based volunteer organization that provides tutoring to at-risk elementary students In Alexandria City Public Schools. The consortium, which coordinates 123 tutors from over 21 Christian, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish parish communities, served over 140 students during the 2001-2002 school year.