Five Hot Homework Tips for Parents | Blog


It is never too late to help your child learn good study habits. Homework, although sometimes a challenge, is part of the learning process and depends on a child practicing skills learned in the classroom. Studies have shown that homework and school grades go hand in hand. The more time quality time spent on homework, the better the grades. Note the emphasis on quality over quantity. Your child does not have to spend a lot of time for the homework to be effective; the child simply needs good study skills.

Check out “Homeroom“–the blog site for the U.S. Department of Education.  Explore more than this one post, though. There is a lot of good information that can help your child succeed with flying colors!

For additional information on parent engagement, take a look at this site, aptly named “Parent and Family Engagement.

Teachers, make sure your students know how, what, and where to study for optimal performance.  Practice of good study skills leads to faster learning and homework preparation. All kids want to learn to save time on their homework. Show them how.

Can’t do a direct link? Here are the URLs.

The Homework post:

Homeroom blog site:

Parent Engagement site:


High School Graduation Rates Rose in 2010

Great news was announced earlier this week: high school graduates rates rose to the highest point in almost 40 years.  Even more encouraging is that graduation rates among Hispanics jumped “almost 10 points since 2006,” according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  The information comes from a new report from NCES (the National Center of Education Statistics) on 2009-2010 graduation and dropout rates entered into the Common Core of Data.

Related information can be found on my other blog site, Eleanore’s Ramblings, in which two interesting reports from Jennifer Karan, executive director of the SAT program, are also addressed. These reports address college and career readiness and college readiness among incoming freshmen.


Conference on Improving Learning Conditions

From yesterday’s inbox, a conference that might be interesting to follow. The conference, aimed at improving learning conditions, should profit from a discussion of school climate. The main topics to be discussed are:

  • School discipline
  • Gender-based violence
  • Behavioral health
  • Bullying
  • School safety

Unfortunately, the topics seem more related to surface issues rather than root causes. These topics address the What without addressing the overarching theme of Why. Certainly, it’s important to treat the symptoms, but are there reasonable ways to effect change that can address all these topics at once?

The administration of the U.S. Department of Education will be participating in a discussion related school climate. I will be interested to see if climate can change attitude, which leads to increased student performance. Another question I have is, can student attitudes be changed if their teachers’ attitude remain the same? And, how are these related to school climate? I am probably expecting too much to be addressed at this conference, but there are so many questions that need to be answered. Hopefully, some good action research will develop from themes addressed here.

Here is the official “media advisory” on what the administration of the U.S. Department of Education will address (click the title to link to the full announcement).

Assistant Secretary to Discuss How Improving School Climate Can Help Improve Student Performance at Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference

08/02/2012 10:24 AM EDT

Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle will give luncheon remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference. The national two-day conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” will take place Wednesday – Thursday, Aug. 8–9