Parent Resources

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Pacer Center

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.

NJ Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

SPAN is New Jersey's parent training and information center funded by the US Department of Education. This organization provides an array of support and information to parents of students with disabilities within New Jersey.
Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)A Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) is a state-mandated, district-level, parent driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services.
November 2019 meeting minutes:click here

LD Online: Great information on students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

What is this about? LD Online is a great source full of hundred of expert-reviewed articles and resources for educators, parents, and others concerned about children and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Helping America’s Youth

What is this about? Find Youth Info was created by the Interagency Working Group On Youth Programs (IWGYP), composed of 12 representatives from Federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. Their main goal is to create positive, healthy outcomes for youth in three ways. The first way is by providing interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, apply, and participate in effective programs for youth. The IWGYP also identifies techniques and strategies, tools, and resources that help promote effective community-based efforts pinpointing youth risk and protective factors. All of these resources are accessible through this website. Lastly, IWGYP identifies and includes key government, private, and nonprofit organizations that can play a prominent role in improving the programs serving to help youth.

SAMHSA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Information

What is this about? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides articles and resources on substance abuse and mental health issues, conditions, and disorders, substances, and possible treatment, prevention, and recovery programs for teachers, parents, and others who are concerned about an individual’s well-being.

Social Norming Resources

What is this about? The National Social Norms Institute began in 2006 at the University of Virginia. The mission of this institute is mainly to reduce heavy episodic alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among college students. It also focuses on effective interventions that target tobacco use, DUI prevention, seat-belt use, and tax compliance. These interventions have not only been limited to college students, but have also been extended to high school students and community-wide settings. Other areas teens often struggle with, i.e., sexual assault prevention, improvement of academic performance, and delaying sexual debut, are currently being targeted using the social norm approach to provide the public with interventions.

Developmental Asset Building

What is this about? Search Institute’s goal is to help provide the building blocks for raising healthy children and youth in the United States by examining four important areas of youth development: developmental assets, thriving and sparks, community engagement, and spiritual development. This website provides how their research has shown that all children need some of the same things to flourish as individuals in the community and the importance of the four aspects of development aforementioned.

Promising Practices Network

What is this about? Promising Practicing Networks (PPN) provides educators, parents, and others with research-based information on what helps improve the lives of children and families. In addition, PPN also offers information that is related to child well-being, i.e., physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security.

Explore

What is this about? Explore is a philanthropic based media that displays the selfless acts of others, creates a gateway into the soul of humanity, and inspires learning for life. This site provides a gallery of films, photos, and live cams for various educational purposes.

My Study Bar

What is this about? The EduApps Family covers a range of user requirements to support teaching and learning, so users can choose the App that best fits his or her needs. The techniques covered include reading, writing, planning and literacy. There are also sources available for different types of learners, including learners with visual difficulties and inclusive settings.

Universal Design for Learning Tech Toolkit

What is this about? This website is a resource of resources. Educators and parents can select between study skill tools, graphic organizers, math tools, speech-to-text, writing tools and more. Each link provides numerous different resources for each category, including productivity tools and games. This site is parent, teacher and student friendly!

Visuword Online Graphical Dictionary

What is this about? Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary is a website where you could look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) and concepts! It can be a dictionary or a thesaurus. Whatever it is used as, it is a great source for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists. The best part about it is that it is free!

Spelling Software

What is this about? Spelling City is a great site for students, teachers, and parents! To begin with, it provides students with a fun way (i.e., games) to study their vocabulary words, essentially making spelling fun. For teachers, Spelling City is a wonderful source to help make spelling and vocabulary a subject that students will love. Below is a list of ways this site can assist teachers in the classroom.
For parents, Spelling City allows them to create individualized vocabulary and spelling lists for children of all ages and learning abilities. This will provide children with activities that will reinforce and correct spelling and word meaning through interactive and fun learning games.

We Connect Now

What is this about? This website is used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges, universities and groups serving people with disabilities in 50 state and at least 9 countries. The main function of this website is to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues.

SAT Test Prep

This website will helps students prepare for the SAT by giving free practice tests. The questions that are on the sample test will be similar to the tests you will experience as part of the college application process. The questions are arranged into mini practice tests with each practice test providing a score card at the end. There are also explanations to the questions you get wrong so that you can learn from your mistakes.