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Letter to Families

Dear Family Member,

A Glencoe/McGraw-Hill textbook has been selected for use in your child's career education classroom, and you have every reason to be excited. As your student embarks on a year of growth and discovery, he or she will be working in partnership with a textbook that demystifies career exploration and enables students to become critical thinkers and make intelligent, informed choices about their futures.

You may ask, "How can I too be a partner to my child's learning? How can I help my child grow, especially if my own study skills are not as strong as they could be?" The answer is simple: stay active and involved in your child's learning process. Encourage your child by:

  • asking questions about the challenges he or she faces as a student;
  • honing your listening skills and being a sounding board for your child's ideas;
  • inviting your child to ask you for input on his or her career exploration assignments and offering feedback and advice when asked; and
  • acting as a role model and demonstrating the value you place on learning.

Effective communication with teachers and school administrators can go a long way toward helping students achieve the goals you've set for them in school. By forming effective partnerships with teachers, families can get a boost in helping their students to succeed. The following tips are a few simple ways to improve your overall effort.

  • At the beginning of the school year, ask your student to bring home a syllabus explaining class objectives, rules and policies, and a homework, project, and exam schedule.
  • Make face-to-face contact with your child's teacher whenever possible by attending school and community functions.
  • Ask your child's teacher for regular input on your child's performance and ask for specific suggestions on how you can help your child overcome any difficulties he or she is having with schoolwork.
  • Ask your child's teacher for resources to help you better understand the curriculum.
  • Whenever possible, become actively involved in your child's education by offering to volunteer for classroom activities.
  • Find out if your child's class has a Web site for communication with families.

By finding and reading this letter on the Glencoe career education Web site, you've already begun to model for your student the process of inquiry and research. We hope that you'll take advantage of the other resources available on this Web site. Here you'll find a list of Web Links for Families on a variety of subjects that have been specifically chosen by Glencoe editors with families' concerns in mind. For example, some links will help you assist your child in conducting research, while others contain family learning activities. Still others address a range of issues, from bilingual education to finding the right college. Consider making your first stop the U.S. Department of Education's Parents Guide to the Internet; the site will help you learn to surf the Internet with confidence, knowledge, and awareness.

Be sure to spend some time within the student section of the Glencoe career education Web site, where you'll find a variety of materials that have been developed for students-and that you and your child can explore together.

Thank you for supporting your child's career exploration.

Sincerely,

The Editors at Glencoe Publishing

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