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Resources for Families & Staff

Introduction to SRBI for Parents and Families

This is an introduction letter for parents and families, describing SRBI and how it works in the Canton Public Schools.

Family-Friendly Information on Progress Monitoring offers some information of what progress monitoring is, how it is used in schools, and why it is helpful for decision-making.

Parent Guides to the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards are English Language Arts and Mathematics standards that have been adopted by 40 states, including Connecticut. These standards outline what students should be learning in each grade. The Canton Public Schools works hard to ensure that our core curriculum meets these standards.

Teacher Resources for the Common Core State Standards

This site offers links for 80 different resources that teachers can use to either help plan or to implement their lessons!

Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC)

The work of the Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC) is guided by the overarching principle that all families have strengths and all families play a critical role in their children’s educational success. The project works through faith-based and community organizations. It is school-based and school-linked. It makes explicit connections between statewide dissemination and outreach activities, professional development events, and direct work with selected high priority schools.

The CT PIRC is coordinated by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center (SERC), a nonprofit agency, in part through a discretionary federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and resources through the CT State Department of Education. Due to its statewide scope, we anticipate that up to 500,000 parents/families will be served by the project.

Together with its primary partners, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and Connecticut Parents as Teachers (ConnPAT), CT PIRC builds on a history of well-documented success, evidenced by national recognition from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) as a Partnership State Award winner in 2000 and 2005, and on the statewide leadership and infrastructure in school-family-community partnerships developed under the two previous PIRC grants and SERC/CSDE collaborative programs.

The goal is to improve parents’ access to information and resources regarding their children’s education. A statewide system will be established for the implementation of successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities. This system will lead to improvements in student academic achievement through increased dissemination of statewide and targeted information about school and district No Child Left Behind Reports, parent choice and supplemental educational service options, and strengthened partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of children. The end outcome will be the creation of a comprehensive approach to involving parents to support student learning, through the coordination and integration of federal, state, and local programs.

State of Connecticut SRBI Information

The State of Connecticut has plenty of professional resources regarding SRBI, as well as a family guide to SRBI, which I have attached below.

State of Connecticut Family Guide to SRBI

This short guide explains SRBI in Connecticut.

SRBI For English Language Learners: A Handbook to Accompany CT's Framework for RTI

RTI Network- Professional RTI (Response to Intervention) resources

The RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. Our goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students – including those with learning disabilities – are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful. The RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, funded by the Cisco Foundation and in partnership with the nation’s leading education associations and top RTI experts.

The following Blogs have a wealth of information on a variety of SRBI topics (published by Susan Fitzell. For More information about Susan Fitzell, go to - a resource for Inclusion, Response to Intervention, Differentiated Instruction, web-links, freebies, practical tips and solutions, and so much more. - a place where parents, students and teachers can find tips for making homework less painful, study strategies and tips for test taking. - a new blog to support parents, schools and students who are searching for solutions to prevent bullying. - a new blog to support the work paraprofessionals and teachers do together in the classroom. - co-teaching solutions. - RTI Solutions and excerpts from RTI Strategies for Secondary Teachers (book written by Susan Fitzell) - Practical strategy books and products that support parents and educators. - This website offers a wealth of study skills, test taking, and memorization techniques for students who need help in these areas.