Parent Academic Toolkit

Council of the Great City Schools - The Council of the Great City Schools has developed resources geared to helping parents learn about the Common Core State Standards. They created Parent Roadmaps for both math and English Language Arts written in English and Spanish.

National Parent-Teacher AssociationThe PTA is a nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. As part of their commitment to provide resources directly to parents, they developed comprehensive guides for student success at every grade level.

Share My Lesson - Supporting your children’s education is an important task for any parent, but it can be difficult to find resources that align with and extend the lessons they’re learning in school. At Share My Lesson, they have hand-picked samples of their most popular lesson plans, handouts and classroom resources that will help you support and engage your K-12 children’s learning success at home.

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics -  The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is dedicated to getting students college and career ready for the jobs of the 21st-century and to guarantee they can compete globally, restoring the United States to being first in the world in terms of proportion of college graduates. The Initiative developed the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success to help Hispanic students and families navigate the college application process, and to provide them with information about key financial aid resources available.

Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day -  This new digital destination for literacy features interactive Sesame Street games, charming videos, fun activities, and helpful tips aimed to encourage children and the adults in their lives to read and write together, starting from an early age.

uAspire -  uAspire is committed to ensuring that families and students have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a college degree. Their website contains tips on how to overcome financial barriers and succeed in college. 

Math Resources for All Grades

Khan Academy - Online library of web videos containing over 2,700 video tutorials in math, science, economics, etc. Includes practice problems for students to hone their skills. Appropriate for all ages and grades.

IXL LearningComprehensive list of math skills and topics that students need to master at every grade level. Includes interactive practice problems with explanations if the problem is solved incorrectly. Targeted towards students from pre-kindergarten through high school geometry.

Wolfram- Alpha - Wolfram- Alpha is a computational search engine. It is a computational search engine. WA can solve algebraic equations, graph, simplify expressions and in may cases show the steps to a solution.  Appropriate for all ages and grades.

Resources for Elementary Students

That's  Math!A website full of free parent interactions to help you support your child in math. Includes easy activities for toddlers to 5th grade students.

Math Playground - Interactive word problems, games, and logic puzzles aligned to what your child is learning in math. Recommended for elementary school students.

AAA MathThis site provides brief lessons on a variety of math concepts and then includes a quiz at the bottom of each page. Quizzes are randomly generated for an infinite amount of practice. Perfect for elementary and middle school students.

Resources for Middle School Students

LearnzillionFree video lessons for students, all in organized YouTube-style videos, for both English and math. Ideal for upper elementary and middle school students.

Figure This!Math challenges that middle school students can do at home with their families.

Resources for High School Students

GeoGebraA free, downloadable program that graphs functions and relations, draws geometric figures dynamically, and allows students to explore mathematical relationships. Suggested for middle school and high school students, particularly students taking Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

Math.comShort lessons geared to parents for Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry.

HippoCampus.org - Multimedia tutorials to help students succeed in Algebra as well as higher math subjects like Calculus. Geared towards high school math students.

SAT Question of the Day - A daily SAT question in either math or English. Perfect for high school students thinking about college.

English Language Arts Resources

Resources for All Grades

Discovery EducationVideo chapters and web resources that assist students with their written and verbal communication skills. Content areas included are grammar, composition, and mechanics from kindergarten to 12th grade.

ReadWriteThinkLooking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here created by the National Teachers of English (NCTE) are your answer—all of them are designed to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.  

Resources for Elementary Students

PBS Kids GameOnline games designed to help reinforce reading and vocabulary. Designed for lower elementary students.

IXL Learning -  Comprehensive list of English skills and topics that students need to master for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Includes interactive practice problems with explanations if the problem is solved incorrectly.

GlobalClassroom.orgMath and English Language Arts resources and interactive activities for multiple topics and subject. Appropriate for elementary school students.

Resources for Middle School Students

Marriam-Webster Dictionary Help improve your student’s vocabulary and word usage skills with some fun and interactive game and activities. Ideal for middle school students.

Resources for High School Students

SAT Question of the Day - A daily SAT question in either math or English. Perfect for high school students thinking about college.