parent and teacher together

second@ry families * social emotional learning #57 * sept15

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being your teens advocate

It’s personal...and that’s ok!

The strong feelings exist because parents care so much. School staff need your support, and it's your job to make it as easy as you can for them to understand your point of view.

See the good intentions of others.

Advocacy within the school system requires finding a balance between feelings (disconnection, sadness or even anger) and understanding.

Use respect to get respect.

Respect and be informed about the communication processes that a school and school district has set up to interact with parents.

I know there are always two sides to a story. I'd like to understand yours, because what we're hearing at home is...

I’ve noticed this about my child…

To me it looks like my child is...

I’m hoping to have a conversation about this and wonder who else should be a part of it.

YOU are the expert of your child.

A parent’s job is to provide information about the child to help the school do their job better.Be open and honest about your child’s abilities, differences, challenges and needs.

Stay informed, available and encouraging.

Let the school do their thing…but don’t disappear. An ongoing connection provides a convenient way to show interest and concern. It's also about the power of a simple, heartfelt "thank you".

from http://heartmindonline.org/resources/being-your-childs-advocate-in-the-school- system#sthash.UgUYYptW.HYLUJ1yi.dpuf

Speaking Up!

A Parent's Guide to advocating for students in public schools in B.C.

A step-by-step guide to resolution advocacy for parents who want to become better advocates for their children. This guide gives information on:

  • details on how the school system works,
  • outlines parent and students rights and responsibilities,
  • provides strategies for advocating for children, and
  • supports student self-advocacy.

Download the PDF Guides:

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below are good sites for teens to check out

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What's The Best Way To Study?

and just because...

COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

The Library QSA is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning and Straight teens and teens with LGBTQ families. Teen friends and allies are welcome. The Library QSA is a city-wide group open to all youths in grades 8-12 in Prince George. click link above for more information
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The Aboriginal Child & Youth Wellness Program


The Aboriginal Child & Youth Wellness Program was created for children, youth and their families; to promote wellness, balance and healing. In terms of the medicine wheel, balance means being strong emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Our program is based in Prince George, and we have support workers and clinicians who travel to, or live near our communities. Our team works with Lheidli T’enneh, McLeod Lake, Tsay Keh Dene and Kwadacha. For more details, please read here...

http://www.pgnfc.com/programs_services.html

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from

linda campbell

itinerant counsellor

student support services