|Related Resources to January Broadcast
Resources and publications for parents and schools
|No Child Left Behind
Links and publications on the new education law
A list of guest panelists on the January 2003 Education News Parents Can Use
This U.S Department of Education site explains the public school choice and supplemental educational services provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. One of the top goals of this Office is to support expanded educational options for parents and ensure that parents are supplied with useful information so that they will be able to make informed decisions about their child's education.
The Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance was launched in September 1999 as a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. Working under this strategy, the Alliance strives to advance an ambitious vision: to ensure that every child has access to quality, affordable afterschool programs by the year 2010.
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.
The National Fatherhood Initiative's mission is to improve children's well being by promoting the involvement of fathers in their children's lives. NFI accomplishes this goal through strategic alliances and partnerships, educational programs for fathers, as well as working towards fatherhood initiatives nationwide. The website provides many resources for father's looking to become more actively involved in their children's lives.
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the pursuit of teacher quality. The National Council on Teacher Quality and the Education Leaders Council have received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education to create the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE). ABCTE will develop a national credentialing system for educators that will gauge their knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy through rigorous standardized tests.
With links and information on all schools and initiatives in the San Diego City Schools District, the site also features information on the district's comprehensive parent involvement efforts.
This Philadelphia organization stimulates positive social change by emphasizing the importance of life, family and marriage and education. The Council focuses on a range of issues including parent involvement and education reform.
The Brownsville READS Task Force is a non-profit organization of community members and educators who have joined together to promote research-based reading instruction in the public and private schools of Brownsville, Texas. This site contains information on the initiative as well as links, resources and tips on reading.
This Wisconsin-based parent organization helps empower parents and provide them with key tools and information necessary to be actively engaged in their child's educational experience. Formed as a statewide organization in 1994 by 12 Wisconsin parents, PRESS is committed to raising academic standards and increasing parental involvement in the school reform process. The website provides information on the major education reform issues of interest and importance to parents.
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.
Bricca Prestridge Sweet
Bricca Prestidge Sweet is the Project Director and co-founder of a North Carolina 21st Century Learning Center in the rural Appalachians. Now, Ms. Sweet uses her 22 years of teaching and community service experience to lead "Education Leadership Beyond Excellence". ELBE is devoted to creating a variety of enriching afterschool programs throughout rural North Carolina. Ms Sweet was recently named an "Afterschool Ambassador" by the Mott Foundation for her efforts to help improve rural public education and development.
Norma S. Garza
Norma S. Garza became a parent advocate for literacy in Brownsville, Texas when one of her sons experienced significant difficulty in mastering reading. Her quest lead her to develop and presently chair the Brownsville Reads Task Force. Promoting research based reading instruction as well as training for classroom teachers, Brownsville Reads helps to promote literacy within an economically challenged and racially diverse school district. A former member of Texas' Governor's Focus on Reading Task Force and the Governor's Special education Committee, Mrs. Garza is currently a member of the National Reading Panel (NRP).
Nina S. Rees
Nina S. Rees is the Deputy Under Secretary for the US. Department of Education's newly created Office of Innovation and Improvement. Prior to accepting this appointment, Ms. Rees served as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy and was the former Chief Education Analyst for The Heritage Foundation. A frequent media commentator on education issues, Ms. Rees articles and views has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines.
Christopher Pender is the Director of the Urban Family Council's Fatherhood Initiative entitled, Leading By Example. Leading By Example is a character-based program designed to meet the unique and specific needs of adults and young men. Mr. Pender is also involved in various other outreach efforts, including parenting workshops, to ensure the well-being and education of school-aged youth. Mr. Pender has been married for eighteen years and has four children, ranging in age from nine to nineteen.
Jeana Preston is the Director of the San Diego City Schools Parent Involvement Department. The mission of the Parent Involvement Department is to help faculty and staff master strategies to engage parents and get them actively involved in their children's education. Under the direction of Superintendent Alan Bersin and stewardship of Ms. Preston, San Diego City Schools has garnered national attention for their innovative San Diego Parent University program. The program is designed to motivate parents to become involved in their children's education as academic coaches.
Leah Vukmir (live via satellite from Milwaukee)
Leah Vukmir is a newly elected Wisconsin State House assemblywoman representing Wisconsin's 14th Assembly District (Wauwatosa) and is the current Vice-Chair of the Assembly's Education Reform Committee. Prior to her move into the political arena, Ms. Vukmir served as the President of Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools (PRESS). Formed as a statewide organization in 1994 by 12 Wisconsin parents, PRESS is committed to raising academic standards and increasing parental involvement in the school reform process. Ms. Vukmir is also a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience.
Kendra Lindsay is the co-founder of and a K-6 music teacher at the Classical Charter School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Guided by facilitators at Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools of Wisconsin, Ms. Lindsay approached the Superintendent of Schools in 1997 with a proposal to open the first charter in Appleton and with the support of parents and the community opened its doors to enrollment in 1999. Classical Charter School is a K-8 school whose curriculum is designed around E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Sequence.