'Parent University' teaches parents about Common Core

'Parent University' teaches parents about Common Core
(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)

As students continue to transition into their first full year of Common Core implementation, there's been frustration from parents.

Many say the changes in the classroom are making it difficult for them at home, to help their own kids with homework.

It's one of the reasons why St. John Elementary School officials hosted 'Parent University' Thursday.

Basically, it gave parents a chance to sit down with their students teachers and see exactly what they're learning.

A bell signaled class was in session. But it wasn't students filing into the classrooms.

Thursday, parents flipped roles with their students. They got the assignments and they did the work.

And they came by the hundreds, each for different reasons.

Charles Patterson, a parent of a fourth grade student says, "Just to better inform ourselves of what's going on."

Kim Devillier, another parent of fourth grade student added, "Math is my strong point but sometimes I do feel like I cannot help my son because of the way they're doing things now."

"Their biggest concern is not being able to help their child, because that is not how they learned," said Chandra Broussard, a fourth grade math teacher.

Teachers like Broussard say helping parents understand what their children are learning is how 'Parent University' got started.

But Thursday, the focus was on the Common Core.

"They will be discussing and giving information about instructional strategies we actually utilize here at St. John," said Principal Sandy Matthews.

"There is a misconception about Common Core standards. It's not a curriculum, it's a set of standards that helps the children get the conceptual understanding of concepts, instead of just memorizing rule after rule," said Broussard.

Teachers worked in teams, whether it was K-2 or grades 3-5, demonstrating how students transition year to year.

Math classrooms provided hands-on learning.

"I especially enjoyed seeing the math demonstration in the classroom I just left. It's very enlightening," said Calcasieu Parish School Board member Dale Bernard.

In ELA, parents read stories and then answered questions that require evidence and justification.

And overall, parents felt the session helped.

"Absolutely, it brings a whole new light to the rumors and misconceptions about what is really going on," said Patterson.

"Yeah I thought it was great and it made a lot of sense," said Devillier.

Upcoming parent nights:
T.H. Watkins, Quarterly ATP Meeting: 9/24/14 at 8:00 a.m.
Oak Park Elementary, Family Math Night: 10/14/14
Dolby Elementary, Family Reading Night: 10/23/14; Family Math Night: 3/12/14
EK Key Elementary, Parent Night: the last Wednesday of every month at 7:55 a.m.
Kaufman Elementary, Math Showcase: 10/3/14 at 10:00 a.m.
LeBleu Settlement Elementary, Family Math Night: 9/23/14 at 6:00 p.m.
Ralph Wilson Elementary, Open House and Family Math Night: 9/30/14
Westwood Elementary, Math Tailgating: 10/21/14 at 5:30 p.m.; Fairy Tale Reading Night: 10/7/14 at 6:00 p.m.
Brentwood Elementary,
o 10/2/2014~5:30~Family Math Night
o 10/30/2014 ~5:30~Reading Night
o 11/13/2014~5:30~Testing/CCSS Information Meeting
o 12/2/2014~5:30~Family Reading Night
o 1/8/2015~5:30~Family Math Night
o 2/12/15~5:30~Testing/CCSS Information Meeting
o 3/7/2015~8:00-12:00~Super Saturday Test Prep
RW Vincent Elementary, Parent Partnership Day: 10/27/14
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