January 13, 2004, Extra Credit
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Free Guide Offers Parents Tips On Helping Children With Homework

Because research overwhelmingly demonstrates the positive effect that parent involvement has on children's academic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act places a premium on supporting parent involvement in schools. As part of that effort, the U.S. Department of Education offers parents, teachers, principals and superintendents a free publication: Homework Tips for Parents.

Homework Tips for Parents, which provides information in both English and Spanish, can be effectively used in a number of different ways. For example, families may use these tips at home, volunteering in school, or tutoring in their local churches or community groups. Teachers may create their own list of activities to accompany the tips. Teachers can post the tips in the classroom, use them in meetings with parents, design workshops around them, and use them to guide parents in developing homework plans for their children. The guide can also be sent home with a list of objectives to be covered in the next grading period as a means to include parents in and out of the classroom.

Parents interested in ordering a free copy of Homework Tips for Parents can do so by:

  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Ordering online at:; or
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.
Teachers, principals, and superintendents interested in ordering multiple copies for use in their school can do so by:

Homework Tips for Parents can also be downloaded from the U.S. Department of Education's Web site. It is available at:


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