Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Useful District 186 Sites
|2-1-1 Community Resources|
|Community Resource Page|
|Food Service, Forms, and More|
Communicating, Transitions, Attendance...etc.
Family/School Handouts & Resources:
Tip sheets for parents and students from parents and students! These sheets were created from surveys to parents and students in Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade to help their new underclassmen prepare for their new grade.
|Entering Kindergarten||Kindergarten Parent Tips|
|Entering Middle School||Middle School Parent Tips|
Middle School Student Tips
|Entering High School||High School Parent Tips|
High School Student Tips
|Learn about your new student||Tell me About your child...|
|Illinois Learning Standards - 186 Parent Handout||Parent’sRLRL Guide DT|
|Reading with Your Child||Reading Resources|
Books for Gifts
|66 Ways to Save Money||Save Money|
|YMCA booklet with great ways to be a healthy family!||Healthy Family Home Starter Kit|
|Dealing with Bullying||SchoolTime Booklet|
|Attendance Tips||Pre-K - Elementary|
Middle & High School tips
|Building Parent Engagement in Schools||Larry Ferlazza, Lorie A. Hammond - 2009|
|Beyond the Bake Sale: the essential guide to family-school partnerships||Anne T. Henderson, Karen Mapp - 2007|
|101 Ways to Create Real Family Engagement||Steven M. Constantino|
Illinois Learning Standards and PARCC Testing Information
Next Generation Science Standards - Parent Guides
NGSS - Parent Guides
The Illinois Learning Standards came from a state-led effort that established a single set of educational standards for students in K-12. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college programs or the workforce.
National PTA & Illinois State Board of Ed released a parent guide that explains the Illinois Learning Standards and what/why there are new assessments.
What is PARCC All About? - Resources for PARCC
Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are the Illinois tests used in District 186 in grades 3-9. Here are many resources to learn more about PARCC and help your student/child prepare for these tests.
Parent Guides to Student Success
|Grade||2 page Handouts|
|High School English Lang. Arts||2012_NPTA_PG-HS-ELA(2)|
|High School Math||2012_NPTA_PG-HS-MATH|
|Common Core State Standards Overview - 3 minute video|
|PTA Parent Guides to Student Success K-12|
|Parent Roadmaps to Standards|
|PARCC Primer Illinois - Family Resources|
|Practice Tests - (PARCC) is Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers|
|PARCC in Illinois|
|Illinois Learning Standards|
April & June 2014 Conference & Workshop Materials
Real Learning for Real Life at Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
Volunteers from around central Illinois attended Thursday, June 12, 2014
Springfield Public Schools District 186 presented: Implementing the Common Core.
|Annotating text during Close Reading by Lisa Boyd, Resource Teacher||Text Dependent Questions|
|Presentation powerpoint & Poster on Read 20 minutes a day...||6-12-14Common Core|
|Dist. 186 Parent Handout K-12||Parent’s RLRL Guide to 2014|
|Close Reading Exercise for tutors||2nd grade close reading |
|Additional web resources||resources|
April 22, 2014 - REAL LEARNING FOR REAL LIFE EVENT - COMMON CORE
|District 186 Parent Handout - REAL LEARNING FOR REAL LIFE||Parent’s RLRL Guide to 2014|
|Common Core Coalition powerpoint||Overview of new Illinois Learning Standards|
|Spfld District 186 Powerpoint||Preparing for new Illinois Learning Standards|