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Educators stress parental roles in students' education

Cassandra Sampson, Curriculum Coordinator Cassandra Sampson, Curriculum Coordinator

Educators say getting involved with your child's education is vital to their academic success.

Tuesday night, the Dougherty County School System is hosting the second session of its parent involvement program, stressing the pivotal role parents play in student achievement. 

Parents are arrived to the school around six to learn how they can help their child excel in their studies. 

The meeting focuses on areas of concern for parents unsure how to improve their kids' study habits, reading and math proficiency.

One educator said simply engaging your children in conversation about what they're studying can make a big difference. 

"Carve out some time to do simple things," said Cassandra Sampson, Curriculum Coordinator.  "Encourage the kids to read...even though in the age of technology they can do everything on the phone.  Go to the library, check out books, encourage reading and encourage consistent time practicing those skills."

Sampson said both parents play an equally important role in child development.  And she encouraged parents to attend parent-teacher conferences to stay informed about their child's progress. 

The meeting could last until 7pm, but educators said they'll stay with parents for as long as it takes. 

A panel of speakers address different needs and will finish off with a question and answer session for parents.

Educators are hoping for at least 100-parents to attend.  Those who miss the meeting can contact the parent liaison Dr. Valerie Thomas for information.  


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