Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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My Child/My Student

Positive, productive and ongoing communication between a child's parent and teacher is essential to academic success.

Education and community organizations, the State Board of Education, and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) have partnered to launch the My Child/My Student campaign. The goal of this campaign is to encourage on-going communication between parents and teachers. The campaign will give parents helpful information and tips they can use to discuss their child’s educational progress and goals. Additionally, teachers will be provided questions, tips and resources they can use to converse with a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

The ADE will post resources, tips and links to helpful websites for parents and teachers on this page, and a new topic will be highlighted each month throughout the school year.  Read the 2015-16 topics list.  

We invite all schools, organizations, and supporters to use, revise, post, and/or share the documents and social media assets.  We hope you will like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.

Follow us on Twitter @ArkansasEd.
Like us on Facebook at Arkansas Department of Education.

My Child/My Student Communication Tools

Parental Involvement Online Professional Development
This half-hour parental involvement course features Jonathan Crossley, 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Mr. Crossley discusses chronic absenteeism and suggests strategies that teachers can use to help students be successful. In addition, Mr. Crossley addresses the underlying meaning of chronic absenteeism and why it matters. He also offers suggestions for teachers as they communicate with parents about the importance of regular school attendance among students.
To complete a course and obtain a certificate of completion for ADE-approved online professional development courses, review and study the lessons, take and pass the assessment at mastery level of 80 percent or higher, and complete the survey.
Are you ready to learn? Go to  or follow this breadcrumb in ArkansasIDEAS: My Courses > LIBRARY: Parental Involvement. 

Check out the Flashing Red. Kids Ahead page for additional resources and information:

Other available resources:

May 2016: Maximize Summer

April 2016: Goals for Success / National Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 2016: Engagement / Severe Weather Preparedness

February 2016: Testing / National School Counseling Week

January 2016: Goals for Success / Flu Season

December 2015: Serving the Community / Health and Safety

November 2015: Helping My Child / School Health

October 2015: Parent/Teacher Conferences / National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month / Flu Prevention

September 2015: Student Involvement: Student Goals for Success / National Preparedness Month

August 2015: Back to School / School Attendance / School Bus Safety

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