This day is along-standing tradition here at the Project—a day we open the doors of TeachersCollege to the families of our students. Following a tradition actually begunby Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of NYC schools, the Teachers College Reading andWriting Project welcomes parents/guardians, parent coordinators, and the extended community to a day designed to help families work with children athome to help them thrive as readers and writers. In our work with schools across the country and abroad, the TCRWP has heard many questions from parents about best practices they can use to help their children at home, and today isa day to answer those questions and to support you in supporting your child.
The day begins with a welcome from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s FoundingDirector, Lucy Calkins, and then continues as parents are given a schedule that includes three rounds of workshops, with a half a dozen choices for each round.We work to ensure that there are enough workshops so you feel there are topics that are exactly right for you, whether you are the parent of a kindergartner or a fifth grader, whether you have questions about how best to help your fourth grader with his writing homework or about how to locate books your first grader can read. Those of you who have children who are just starting off on their school journeys will want to know how children move from pretending to read to actually reading. Others of you, of course, have older children and you have questions about how to support spelling and grammar, or how to prepare for high stakes assessments. And still others of you want some support in terms of how to get your child to love nonfiction or how to help your child write more or how to help your child when you speak another language. Many of you have questions about ways to communicate with your child’s teacher or how you might better understand what your child’s progress reports or reading level really mean. Know that we’ll have workshops that address a variety of questions and needs. You’ll choose workshops that are right for you, for your sons and daughters.
The workshops willbe practical. You’ll see examples of student work, watch demonstrations of how you can work with your children at home, see video tapes of classroom instruction in action, and get important tips and suggestions for helping your child. You will come away with a better understanding of literacy instruction as well as how to help your own child.
There will be a series of workshops in Spanish for parents who are speakers of Spanish.
You’ll also leave with tools you can use to support your child at home as well as suggestions for resources—for great books, for web sites, people to reach for your questions.