The school library media center plays a crucial role in teaching students to read and to practice the skills they need to be information literate.  The following resources can help you, as parents, to work in collaboration with a school library media specialist to help your child learn and be successful in school.
 
Great Sites for Parents
A subset of familyeducation.com, School Family Education offers extensive resources for parents by grade levels and by subjects.  Suggestions for special needs, homework, and standardized tests are also offered.  It is a great place to start.
Online home of Parent & Child Magazine.  Find great activities to share with your child as well as tips on family life, school and learning.
See what teachers use and where they get their ideas.
This is a long, but useful list of links for parents on topics such as reading, math, discipline, general school work, and Internet safety.  It also includes sites for kids.
 
Parent-School Communication and Involvement
The National Education Association (NEA) explains parental involvement and offers tips for helping children with homework and for building good relationships with teachers.
After getting involved, the next step for parents is communicating with teachers.  This short essay contrasts harmful and helpful approaches.
Helpful hints for a successful parent-teacher conference can be found at this site.
 
Homework, Studying, and Research
Don't make homework a battle.  Follow a few basic steps and help your elementary-age children take responsibility for their own homework assignments.
This site is aimed at middle-school students and older and provides links to homework help sites on a wide variety of subjects an disciplines.
 
Reading and Writing
There's nothing more important than making your child a reader and this site offers great advice to parents.
This site is a great resource.  All four links on this page are worth exploring --- Parenting, Children's Literature, Education, and Children with Special Needs.  There are hundreds of good links in each.
The National Institute for Literacy is a federal agency that provides guides, links, and suggestions to help parents help their children learn to read.  Resources are also available for early childhood and adolescent readers.
 
Taking Tests
The No Child Left Behind legislation requires all states to measure students' progress in reading and mathematics annually in grades 3-8.  This excellent site links to information about each state's standardized tests and offers valuable test preparation advice and sample questions.
This site has information on what anxiety is and ways to lessen or eliminate performance anxiety for your child.
 
Other Helpful Information for Parents
Established in 1980, the NCPIE offers ways to get involved in your school.
You've heard about "No Child Left Behind", now learn what it is.
You may have been advised of your "FERPA rights" when completin a school form.  Learn all about your rights as a parent.
This site from the U.S. Department of Education provides links to hundreds of education resources provided by various federal agencies.
This site links to the official state-approved academic standards for each state.