Washington Open Elementary School

Parent Resources

This page contains a links various online resources that students and parents may find useful.  If you have a link that you would like to publish to this list please send an email to the webmaster.

Disaster / Emergency Links

Education Agencies Links

Family Fun Links

Parent Education Links

Social Skills Links

State Agencies Links

Disaster / Emergency Links

Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) Health and safety topics in a variety of areas.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Information (FEMA) FEMA has information about disaster preparedness, survivor assistance, response, topics, and news.
Red Cross Disaster Services American Red Cross Disaster Relief site.  Lots of great information on how you can join the movement.
Santa Clara County Public Health Local public health information, warnings, and news.
USAID Collects and distributes data about disasters and relief efforts.  Accept donations for international disaster relief.
USGS Preparedness Material Earthquake preparedness material from the USGS.

 

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Education Agencies Links

California Department Of Education (CDE)

The CDE collects and distributes data and information on California public schools, acts as an adviser to school districts and county offices of education, and monitors state and federal education programs. The State Superintendent for Public Instruction, a non-partisan elected position is the Chief Executive Officer of the CDE.

The CDE is also responsible for the California Reading List (CRL).  This is a list of books with varying difficulties that are tailored to each student.  Here is a link to the site.

California educators have joined a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  This program is called Common Core Standards.  Here is a link to a site with details on the movement.

California Education Code State law governing public schools, school districts, and county offices of education are generally found in the Education Code. (Some sections of the Code apply to community colleges as well.) Bills enacted by state lawmakers generally amend, add, or repeal sections of the Education Code.
California State Board Of Education (SBE) The State Board of Education (SBE) is the governing body that oversees the implementation of laws passed by the Legislature affecting public schools in California. Members are appointed by the Governor, and approved by the Senate, for four-year terms.  Here is a link to Content Standard at the SBE.
Santa Clara County Of Education (SCCOE) The SCCOE provides instructional, administrative, human resources, business and technical support services to the county's 32 school districts.  SCCOE programs that provide direct instruction include Special Education, Head Start, Environmental Education, Regional Occupational Programs and Alternative Schools. An additional program, Migrant Education, supports the special needs of migratory children.  This site is for students, parents, school districts, community agencies and businesses.
Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) Our district site.  There is a lot of information on various topics that are useful for parents and educators.  Here is a link to the Curriculum and Instruction department (aka standards)Here is a link to Open Enrollment for the district.
United States Department Of Education The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education.  At this URL you can subscribe to news feeds for the Department Of Education.

 

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Family Fun Links

Family Fun

Bay Area Parent Site for the online magazine.  Includes lots of great places to visit in the Silicon Valley.
Quizzes For Children Trivia games for kids.  Lots of topics!
Spoonful Site with lots of cooking projects, crafts, and other fun stuff to do.  Created by Disney.

Family Outings

Open Road (Formerly Bay Area Back Roads.)  Doug McConnell talks about his favorite places. 
Places To Go With Kids Earth Kid's site with lists of places to take kids.
Santa Clara Library Events Link to the Santa Clara Library events page.
Santa Clara Parks & Rec Santa Clara city events page.  Great stuff to do.

 

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Parent Education Links

General

Childhood Matters The radio show for parents and all who care about kids.  Listen to past episodes online and check their community calendar for upcoming family focused events.
Children's Partnership Set of great articles for parents.  A great focus on technology and the effect on our kids.
First 5 Working to support and advance a variety of early childhood issues here in Santa Clara, First Five is also a great resource to find out about fun and educational events for children here in Santa Clara County.
KidsHealth Site about child health and welfare.
Learning Network New York Times site dedicated to learning.  Articles geared for parents.
Legal Advice For Parents The State Bar Of California site with lots of great legal advice for parents.
Parents Helping Parents Important resources for parents with special needs kids.
Parents Press Parent's Press is a local parenting magazine.  Check them out online for current articles plus pointers to helpful local resources for parents and kids.
Pat Belvel Training

Pat Belvel has been providing parent training at Washington Open for many years. 

SCUSD Parent Education Popular workshops and classes offered by Santa Clara Office of Adult Education, in collaboration with the Santa Clara City Library.
SIIA Software & Information Industry Association.  Link to site that reports on education software.

Library References

American Library Association The American Library Association recommends quality booklists and Web sites for parents, kids, teens and families, as well as tips for keeping kids safe online.
Cubberley Education Library at Stanford University The Cubberley Education Library at Stanford University provides an extensive page of education resources, links, and access to a number of research databases, along with other education-related services and information.

Review References

Children's Technology Review Reviews of technology and how it can be used for children.
Common Sense Media Reviews of all types of media (movies, TV, video games, etc) for kids.  This site is very sophisticated and allows you to enter your kids to tailor the experience.  Highly recommended.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Sign up for product recalls.  Great government service.
Graphite.org Common Sense Media review site that links media to learning.  Includes reviews of Common Core supported media.
GreatSchools.net Site for finding and learning about different schools.  Head on over and rate out school!  :)
Parents' Choice Foundation Online reviews to help parents pick the best toys, books, movies, software, toys, etc.

 

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Social Skills Links

Academic Motivation: A Handout For Parents By Michael B. Brown, Ph.D., East Carolina University (NC) and Patricia B. Keith, Ph.D., Alfred University (NY).  Great tips on helping your child build enthusiasm for being at school and participating in schoolwork (centers, etc.).
Chris Glover's Parent Education Handouts A collection of three handouts from Chris Glover's parent education class given to parents in January 2012.  These handouts include Unclear Messesages, Creating Visions Of Competence, and Evidence Of Success vs. Praise vs. Pseudo Praise.  Chris teaches a wonderful set of classes.  Highly recommended.
Early Years Are Learning Years From the NAEYC.  Just saying "Use your words" isn't quite enough to help kids master powerful emotions, and the impulses that go with them.  This article offers simple and practical ways to help children recognize, communicate, and respond to their emotions.
Social Skills Important and useful article from National Association Of School Psychologists (NASP).
Teaching Tolerance Website devoted to the instruction of tolerance.
Teaching Young Children Self-Control Another nice document from NASP.

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State Agencies Links

CA.gov Official website for the state of California.
California Children Families Commission (First 5 California) The California Children and Families Act of 1998 is designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. First 5 California, as the Commission is commonly known, focuses on integrating health care, quality childcare, parent education, and effective intervention programs for families at risk.
California Department Of Children And Family Services The Division`s Services include assistance in Adoptions, Foster Care, Children's Services and Child Welfare.
California Department Of Public Health Dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.
California Governor's Office The official Web site of California's governor.  It includes the governor's position on current issues in California.
California Health and Human Services Agency The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) oversees thirteen departments and one board that provide a range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, income assistance and public health services to Californians from all walks of life.

 

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