BY BARRY WARNER
Recently, communities nationwide joined the National Education Association to celebrate 93 years of American Education Week, the annual observance that honors students, teachers, education support professionals, parents and community members who help students succeed.
Miller Elementary School administrators invited parents into the classrooms to experience firsthand what a school day was like for their children. The initiative was designed to spotlight the importance of parental involvement in their children’s education.
Principal Kevin McCahill said, “The ‘Daily 5’ is a structure that helps second-grade students develop daily habits of reading and writing, in addition to working by themselves, that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence. For instance, the ‘Daily 5’ includes reading to self, working on writing, reading to someone, listening to reading and word work. Between the segments, the teacher will meet with students on the carpet for mini-lessons and conduct individual conferences.”
When schools, families and community groups work together, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more.