Parents are invited to learn about everything from new "Common Core" standards to ways to track kids' nutricion at a Saturday seminar presented by the Michigan PTA and Saline Area Schools.
The Parent/Family Engagement Seminar takes place at Saline Middle School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"The purpose of Saturday's event is to help parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children gain more tools to be engaged in that child's education. This seminar is being held in cooperation with the Michigan PTA whose mission is to ensure that every child receives a world class education," said Dawn Ducca, who is helping coordinate the event. "Studies show the benefit on a child's grades and school performance greatly increase when they have someone in their life who is actively engaged in their education."
Here is the schedule for the day:
8 a.m. - Registration and refreshments
8:30 a.m. - Welcome, video and advocacy basics
9:15 a.m. - Assistant Superintendent Steve Laatsch leads workshop session one on the Common Core standards and performance assessments.
10 a.m. -- Middle school teacher Suzie Gordon and former counselor Jane McKie lead a session called "Homework Without Tears."
10:45 a.m. -- Saline Area Schools Director of Technology Heather Kellstrom leads a workshop on cybersafety,
11:30 a.m. -- Saline Area Schools Food Service Director Julie Harsh leads a work shop on the MyNutrateck program, the website where kids and students can closely monitor the food their eating in schools.
The event is free.