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
- 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
- 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.
The Editors at Glencoe Publishing