Family Footprints Newsletter OCPS ESE
OCPS ESE Parent Support Team
Newsletter for Bright Feats Magazine
OCPS PARENT ACADEMY
The OCPS Parent Academy conducts
family events online and at school locations
throughout the school year. These events
take place typically on Saturdays at high
school campuses. The ESE Parent Support
Team gives a presentation at each school
based Parent Academy, and has an exhibitor’s
Attending these Saturday workshops
gives ESE families an opportunity to learn
more about their child’s IEP, collaborative
school partnerships, transition times in
development, and how to access community
STRATEGIES FOR CREATING
From the US Department of Education
Without doubt, reading with children
spells success for early literacy. Putting
a few simple strategies into action will
make a significant difference in helping
children develop into good readers and
writers. Through reading aloud, providing
print materials, and promoting positive
attitudes about reading and writing, you
can have a powerful impact on children’s
literacy and learning.
• Invite a child to read with you every day.
• When reading a book where the print
is large, point word by word as you read.
This will help the child learn that reading
goes from left to right and understand that
the word he or she says is the word he or
• Read a child’s favorite book over and over
• Read many stories with rhyming words
and lines that repeat. Invite the child to
join in on these parts. Point, word by word,
as he or she reads along with you.
• Discuss new words. For example, “This
big house is called a palace. Who do you
think lives in a palace?”
• Stop and ask about the pictures and about
what is happening in the story.
• Read from a variety of children’s books,
including fairy tales, song books, poems,
and information books. Reading well is at
the heart of all learning. Children who can’t
read well, can’t learn. Help make a difference
for a child.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
The OCPS URL for parent resources
These web pages can also be accessed
through the main ESE website by
Many parent and student resources are
available via this link including information
on Cyber bullying and how to reach the
Speak Out Hotline.
For more information, contact your
school’s guidance counselor.