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    Learning about the US Education System: PublicSchools vs. Private Schools vs. Charter Schools

    VVM Parent Empowerment SeriesSession 2

    Sunday, April 27th2014

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    +RECAP: Top traits and skills

    Relentlesswork ethic

    Thirst forknowledgeandwillingness totake risks

    Adaptability

    TraitsStrongverbaland writtencommunication

    Organizationalskills: managingand prioritizing

    Ability to assessnew information,

    critically thinkabout it, andform ownopinions andassertions

    Skills

    Define: underlyingpersonality, values,

    beliefs

    Define: things you candevelop through

    practice and refine

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    +RECAP: Names of resources

    Resource Related to

    PBS World Report, CNN Kids News recap

    Khan Academy Learn anything

    ReadWorks Practice reading passages

    DiscoveryLearning Science videos

    BrainPop Videos for kids

    MOOCs For adultsTedTalks Kids and adults

    http://txgifted.org/web-resources-parents/

    Resources for Gifted students

    http://tip.duke.edu// Duke TIP

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    +Current discussions

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    +Comparison of 3 Types of Schools

    Public Private Charter

    Schools housed within large districts andfunded by public tax dollars

    Smaller schools funded by studenttuition dollars

    Publicly funded independent schoolestablished by teachers, parents, orcommunity groups privatizingeducation

    Major decisions such as fiscalmanagement determined by electeddistrict Board of Trustees

    All decisions made by Board of Buzzprivatizingschool through governmentfunds

    Decisions made by charter managementorganizations and/or admin team

    Teachers expected to teach state,national standards

    Curriculum determined by Board/adminteam

    Teachers expected to teach statestandards BUT generally have moreflexibility/creative means

    Students required to take state mandatedtests

    Students notrequired to take statemandated tests

    Students must take standardized tests

    Clements HS, Dulles HS, Austin HS,Katy Taylor HS, Cinco Ranch HS,Bellaire HS, Debakey HS for HealthProfessions, Carnegie Vanguard

    Kinkaid School, The Village School, St.Johns School, Awty International,Rainard School for the Gifted

    KIPP, YES Prep, Harmony

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    +In context

    PUBLIC, HISDCHARTER

    CHARTER

    PUBLIC, HISD

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    +Advantages to these types of

    schoolsPublic Private Charter

    $ FREE FREE

    Class size Generally small;

    smaller teacher:student ratio morepersonalizedattention

    Curriculum Diversifiedthrough magnetprograms

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    +Factorsparents should use to

    make enrollment decisions

    Is my child being challengedenough through curriculum?

    Is this environment(peers,teachers, etc.) suitable for my child tobe successful academically andsocially?

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    +Research recommendations

    Four Fit Factors

    What Your Child Learnscurriculum, g/t factors

    How Your Child Learnsteaching method, classroommanagement

    Social Issuesstudent/parent community

    Practical Matterscommute, school location, etc.

    http://www.greatschools.org/pdf/articles/picky/SchoolComparisonWorksheet.pdf

    http://www.greatschools.org/find-a-school/defining-your-ideal/97-considering-family-needs-values.gs?page=all

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    +School Comparison Worksheet

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    Organizational Suggestions & Tools

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    +General tips

    Use a student planner ororganizer

    Color-coding

    Schedule consistent studytimes

    Break up big tasks, into

    smaller, bite-sized jobs Work on a project, break it

    down into three or fourstages

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    +UtilizingTechnology

    http://quizlet.com/

    http://www.edudemic.com/the-100-best-and-free-online-learning-tools/

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    +Other resources

    Learn how other people organize themselves:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/205758276700192262/

    GoogleAPPs iPhone/Android Apps

    To do listsPaperless, 30/30, Evernote, Notability

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