U of I Web site offers tips for success in school

From press release

URBANA, Ill.—University of Illinois Extension has launched a Web site to help parents and children make the most of the opportunities ahead.
Helping Children Succeed in School

(http://urbanext.illinois/edu/succeed) covers a range of information to achieve the goal of the Web site’s name.

Studies have indicated that children whose parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education tend to do better in school,

said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist and director of its Web sites.
Some benefits that have been identified that measure parental involvement in education include: higher grades and test scores, long-term academic achievement, positive attitudes and behavior, more successful programs, and more effective schools.

All parents want their children to be successful in school, she added. But sometimes, they don’t know where to start.

The Web site has several sections covering the essentials,

said Scherer.

Sections include: parental involvement; instilling a love of learning; school stress; learning styles; study habits and homework; test-taking; grades; getting extra help; and parent-teacher communication.

U of I Extension educators Darla Heath, Rachel Schwarzendruber, and Melinda Jo States, along with former Extension educators Kay Mayberry and Nancy Schreiber, prepared the Web site.

From the November 25-December 1, 2009 issue

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