03/12/06 — Parent workshop on No Child Left Behind law

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Parent workshop on No Child Left Behind law

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 12, 2006 2:04 AM

From staff reports

Wayne County Public Schools is hosting a workshop designed to help parents better understand the No Child Left Behind law.

The parent training workshop will be held at the Wayne County Public Schools' Central Office on Saturday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is open to PTA officers, Parent Advisory Council members, teachers, community leaders and parent involvement coordinators from all 31 public schools.

Parent Partners, a statewide "Parent Information and Resource Center" funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will present the workshop entitled, "Effective School Partnerships and No Child Left Behind". It will provide tips for improving parent/school communication along with providing helpful presentation techniques and activities for parents.

The training will also help explain the No Child Left Behind law, so those working in the school system can better educate parents and the community on its contents, which include testing, Schools in Need of Improvement, school choice, and supplemental services.

"No Child Left Behind is a complicated law that isn't easy for all parents to understand," said Dr. Willette Wooten, federal programs director for the school system. "This workshop will build up dozens of trainers to go out into the community and explain to parents how No Child Left Behind impacts them and their child."

Congress passed the law to help schools raise standards and accountability throughout the nation's school systems, she said.

The hope is that this training workshop "will break down No Child Left Behind into everyday language and terms so trainers can help parents better understand rules, regulations and consequences this law has on our local schools," she said.