Parent Resources

Aspire2Excellence Academic Planning Initiative

Aspire2Excellence is the academic planning initiative designed to provide families with information as they are planning for their child’s future in Arlington Public Schools. Aspire2Excellence underscores the importance of every student taking rigorous courses and meeting rigorous graduation requirements in order to be ready for life after high school.

Visit for updated class and workshop information, as well as links to a variety of resources to answer your parenting questions, and activities for kids of all ages–from infant to teen!

Using Extended-Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success

The American Youth Policy Forum, Gateway to College National Network, and the National Youth Employment Coalition with support from numerous national youth-serving organizations (complete list below) have produced an issue brief to encourage states’ use of extended-year graduation rates in adequate yearly progress calculations and incorporation of these rates into their state accountability frameworks/systems. This brief, Making Every Diploma Count: Using Extended-Year Graduation Rates to Measure Student Success, aims to educate and inform states of the flexibilities that currently exist to use extended-year graduation rates as a policy mechanism to encourage schools and districts to continue to work with overage, under-credit students.

Parent-Implemented Early Communication Intervention for Children with Significant Communication Delays

Archived webinar from AUCD’s webinar library is now available.
Presented by: Ann P. Kaiser, PhD
Although parents are children’s first language teachers, parents of children with significant communication impairment benefit from systematic training to support their children’s language development. This presentation: (a) provided a brief overview of the evidence base for parent-implemented communication intervention; (b) described the naturalistic language support strategies that parents have been taught to support their children’s communication development; and (c) discussed approaches to teaching parents. The KidTalk model of early communication support which includes parents as partners in intervention was also presented.

New Resources from CDC’s “Learn the Signs, Act Early” Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs, Act Early” program seeks to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The program recently released a new resource for parents:
Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestone Moments – This 42 page booklet includes milestone checklists and tips to help parents support their child’s development from age 2 months to 5 years, and guidance about what to do if developmental concerns arise.

Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC’s purpose is to provide parents of children with disabilities the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child’s unique learning needs. The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members. To speak with someone at the center, call 703-228-7239.

More Resources:

  • QuestionsTo Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids’ School
  • College Preparation Programs Report
    Hanover Research Council Report
    Books by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
  • Education World
    Department of Defense Schools: Their Secret Weapons for Success
  • Fifteen Questions Parents Can Ask During Parent/Teacher Conferences
    This list contains questions parents may want to ask their child’s teachers.
  • IMdiversity was conceived by THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine, which has provided African-American college students with valuable information on career and job opportunities since 1970. is dedicated to providing career and self-development information to all minorities, specifically African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and women. The goal of is to provide you with access to the largest database of equal opportunity employers committed to workplace diversity.
  • Learning Point Associates
    Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit educational organization, empowers educators to transform student learning by equipping them with research-based strategies and services that are user friendly, cost effective, and responsive to the unique needs of the field.
  • Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
    Resources for parents, students and educators on issues related to equity in education
  • National African American Read-In Day
    Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers. National African American Read-In Day is usually observed the first Sunday (community) and Monday (schools) in February.
  • Parent Institute
    Products are available for parents and educators in both English and Spanish that can quickly and easily help children be more successful in school and life. Take a look at our wide variety of newsletters and over 200 Parent Guides, Booklets, Brochures and Videos on parent involvement to build children’s school success, responsibility, homework skills, self-esteem, study skills, test skills, attention span, self-discipline, ability to handle
  • Raising Minority Academic Achievement
    According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a national, ongoing assessment of student performance, the average academic performance of all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools is high, and the performance of African American and Hispanic students is among the highest in the nation.
  • Rethinking Schools
    Provides articles on multicultural issues
  • Schott Foundation for Public Education
    To improve the lives of children, The Schott Foundation for Public Education brings together leaders, experts and community members to provide solutions to statewide problems. The Schott Foundation’s mission is to develop and strengthen the movement for equity in public and early education.
  • Strategies for Closing Academic Achievement Gap
    A report of the National Study Group for the Affirmative Development of Academic Ability.
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
    Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
  • Teaching Tolerance
    Resources for parents, students, and educators