The Georgia Department of Education announces the award winning Parent Toolkit resource from the NBC News team that helps parents navigate their child's journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. The DOE has recently unveiled its first series of original Parent Toolkit videos. Did you know that a baseball, a golf ball and a deck of cards can help you in the kitchen? Find out how with the first edition in this video series. All of the pieces in the first series are available in both English and Spanish.
A goal of Bulloch County Schools is to increase the engagement of our families and community in the school system. Family Engagement is crucial to each child throughout their pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade experience. Bulloch County Schools encourages parents to remain actively involved. When parents are actively engaged in their child's education and well informed about how to achieve success, it positively affects student achievement.
Each of our elementary and middle schools is equipped with a parent resource center that is open during the hours of each school day. A family liaison or other school staff member can assist you. The centers offer the following materials: educational manipulatives, educational games, flash cards, workbooks, books to assist your child in reading, math and other content areas, parenting books, and more.
Workshops are hosted periodically throughout the school year, and are designed to provide parents with information they can use to help their child achieve academic success. These workshops take place in the schools as well as in community centers throughout the county. Topics include information on Parent Portal, Common Core Curriculum and more. Click on the Family Events Calendar icon above to see workshops scheduled for this school year.
For more information about parent engagement opportunities, contact your school's parent involvement coordinator or the Bulloch County Schools Federal Programs Department at 912.212.8553.
Family-School Connect is a free event hosted periodically by the school system, and it is a selection of workshops designed to appeal to parents of school-age children. Family-School Connect's philosophy is that parenting, like other types of education, is an ongoing and lifelong learning process.
For more information about parent engagement opportunities, contact your school's parent involvement coordinator or the Bulloch County Schools Federal Programs Department at 912.212.8557.
November was Parent Engagement Month in Georgia. School systems across the state highlighted the role parents, guardians and family members play in a child’s education. In addition, was National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all schools and families to reflect on the vital partnership needed between them for Georgia’s students and schools to be successful. In Bulloch County, a parent is engaging in education discussions at the state level on the state superintendent’s advisory council.
Katie Olsen, the mother of two children who attend Bulloch County schools, takes seriously the Georgia Department of Education’s call for parents to play a role in their child’s education. Having served in multiple leadership and volunteer roles at her children’s schools, she accepted an appointment to the state superintendent of school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in 2014. She is in the second year of her two-year term.
Nominated by Bulloch County Schools Parent Involvement Coordinator Leslie Wiggins, Olsen serves with 35 other parents from across the state. Like Olsen, all were nominated by their local school districts. New members are selected each year by a committee of Georgia Department of Education representatives based on the applicants’ responses to questions on engaging parents and building parent capacity to ensure student success.
“Parents are a child’s first teacher and they are no less influential once that child enters school,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It is essential that we partner with parents to ensure we’re providing the best possible education for every child. My Parent Advisory Council allows me to hear those parent voices and incorporate their feedback into my decision-making.”
As members of the council, parents will meet three times during the school year with Superintendent Woods to discuss public education in the state. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to foster academic success for students, particularly in Georgia’s Title I schools.
The PAC allows parents to gain information and provide feedback on new educational policies and projects that affect students and families. Olsen will return to our district to share the outcomes of the meetings and serve as and advisor and ambassador in our community and schools.
In addition to the 30 members appointed by local districts, the six 2014-2015 winners of the Georgia Parent Leadership Awards serve as honorary, one-year members on the PAC. The council also includes representatives of:
The PAC’s first meeting for the 2015-16 school year was October 26. Olsen and other members of the PAC had the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Woods in a group forum, hear presentations on various educational programs, and engage in collaborative work groups to provide input on the upcoming statewide Family Engagement Conference scheduled for in Athens. For more information about the PAC, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.
Hayley Greene, CCC
Public Relations/Mkt. Specialist
Bulloch County Schools
150 Williams Road, Suite A
Statesboro, GA 30458
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