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  • #Advocacy

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 3/14/2017 5:20:00 PM

    As a passionate mother, I often have difficulty sharing my concerns with my son’s school because I never want to create tension within the relationship.  For support, I always reflect and check in with a friend before I bring my concern forward.  My friend shared this article with me from the Davidson Institute, Tips for Parents: Advocacy – Working with Your Child’s School.  I like the Tips for talking to Teachers.  

    Tips for Talking to Teachers. 
    Sally Yahnke Walker (2002) provides excellent suggestions for talking with teachers:

    • Make an appointment. Don't just drop in.
    • Document what your child has done, said, or read.
    • Plan what you're going to say.
    • Choose your words carefully. Try to start with something positive.
    • Build a partnership and negotiate solutions. Work as a team.
    • Be diplomatic, tactful, and respectful.
    • Focus on what your child needs.
    • Listen.
    • Bring along your sense of humor.
    • Summarize what you have discussed and a time line. Plan a follow-up meeting.

    Click here for article

     

     

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  • #CyberBullying

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 3/5/2017 6:50:00 PM

    As a parent and superintendent, I often think about and address the impacts of cyber bullying on our kids.  My daughter has had several encounters with cyber bullying as she has moved through adolescence, into her teenage years, and now as a young adult.  It has never been easy supporting her through this turmoil.  The emotional, physical, and mental toll bullying takes on our young people is incredible.  I am moved to share some statistics on cyber bullying and how we can interrupt it as parents and educators.  Know I am here as a resource and support, if you ever need someone to talk to about bullying or if you need to report an incident regarding cyber bullying that is impacting your child’s education. 

    Click on Cyber Bullying to learn more.

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  • #AdvocateSchoolFunding

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 2/26/2017 7:20:00 PM

    As a parent and superintendent, I am always concerned about the state of our public schools.  I have been advocating for Oregon State School Funding and Rural School Districts over the past couple of months.  At the Community Listening & Learning Session, I shared information on Oregon Rising Project and how to advocate for state school funding.  I have attached a letter I wrote to Senator Girod, and the links for the Oregon Rising Project.  Please join me in advocating for rural school districts to receive adequate funding and ensure all students are college and career ready.

    Watch a video on State-of-Schools:

    http://www.oregon-rising.org/State-of-Schools

    Write an email and/or letter to local legislator in advocacy for Colton School District:

    http://www.oregon-rising.org/Take-Action

    Here is a letter to Senator Girod:

    Letter  

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  • #STEM

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 2/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

    As a mother of a child not easily engaged in traditional school, I had to find activities outside the school day to challenge her in different ways.  She loved science and math, but did not enjoy the curriculum or teaching practices in school.  I was constantly on the lookout for new and exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities that would advance thinking skills through the cycle of research, design, build, test, and improve. 

    Lloyd (2015) suggests the following ways parents can promote STEM learning in children:

    1) Think about adding STEM-themed after-school activities and weekend outings. Look for camps and programs that will teach your child something new — Robotics, Mathletes — that she wouldn’t get in school.

    2) Explore what works for your kids and find where their STEM sweet spot lies. Even simple things (a terrarium for growing beans) can make a huge difference. Does your child love to build things? Go with it. Block play is associated with later math competence. Got a nature lover? Get outside. Many scientists cite their early exposure to nature as the reason they found careers in science.

    3) Finally, keep STEM in mind whenever you spend time with your child. Choose movies to watch with science themes. (Science documentaries like Winged Migration  or LIFE can deliver exceptional learning in the framework of family fun.) Or pick board games that build STEM brain cells. Did you know that chess is linked to math aptitude? When you’re shopping, look for STEM toys. (Our Golden Apple STEM winners will give you a good place to start.) 

    Click Here STEM Tips

    STEM Pic  

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  • #College&CareerReadiness

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 2/13/2017 5:00:00 AM

    Hello Outstanding Families!

    Welcome to a new week in Colton School District!  As a parent of a high school senior, I am preparing to ship my son off to Washington State University.  The thought of him leaving is bittersweet, and I feel so unprepared for the whole experience.  However, my biggest fear is he may not be prepared for college.  I find myself reflecting on what I could've done differently through his entire K-12 public school adventure.  I wish I had know more about college and career readiness 12 years ago when he entered kindergarten. 

    As a school district, we are working to ensure all students are college and career ready. 

    Here is a great resource from the College Readiness Consortium, University of Minnesota:

    College & Career Readiness

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  • #Homework

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 2/6/2017 5:00:00 AM

    Greetings Parents! 

    I hope you are enjoying this fine Monday!  As parents, it's not always easy getting our children to do their homework.  At times, I find myself struggling to understand the content, and other times, I find it hard to keep him motivated in completing the homework/project on time.  I find it's easier to establish a time and space to do the homework, as well as, consistently communicate with his teachers.  My kiddo is a procrastinator when it comes to schoolwork, and he would much rather be playing soccer, hanging out with friends or watching Netflix.  Thus, it is extremely important for me to find ways to check-in with him on a regular basis and reinforce him for doing his homework.  I found this resource below very helpful as a parent trying to keep my child on-track in school.

    Homework

     

     

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  • #DigitalCitizenship

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 1/29/2017 1:00:00 PM

    As a parent of a teenager and young adult, I struggle at times trying to find a healthy balance of trust and monitoring of social media access for my children.  I never want to be over protective and/or too nosey that they do not want to share with me at all.  What works for our family is that we continue an open dialogue around social media, digital citenzenship, and safety.  If you are like me and looking for a balance, the attached resource is a practical guide for parents regarding social media, digital citizenship, and effective boundaries.  Although it is a hefty document, it is easily navigated by using the detailed table of contents.  Enjoy! and Remember it's not easy raising kiddos in a digital age where everything is at their fingertips. 

    http://www.davidsonlifeline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ParentResourceGuide.pdf

    Digital Citizenship

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  • #FamilyEngagement

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown at 1/17/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings Amazing Families & Community Members!

    It is a pleasure serving you.  As I transition into my new role, I look forward to getting to know you and collaborating with you.  The inclement weather has greatly impacted our transition back from winter break. Thank you for your patience.  We hope to be back on schedule with learning soon.  I want to announce I will be Blogging regularly on the Super Blog! This is a space to communicate and share new ideas in education.  I believe parents are a child's first teachers.  Research suggests, family engagement in school increases student success and achievement.  I want to take a moment to share "50 Ways Families & Community Members can Help Schools" by the Center for School Change.  In case you're looking for ways to be involved, this is a wonderful list of ideas on how you can participate in school.  #FamilyEngagement

    http://centerforschoolchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/50-Ways-Families-Can-Help-Revised.pdf

    Family Engagement

     

     

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