Parent Resources

A successful partnership between parents and the school is essential to a child's learning. This page houses resources and articles for parents to use. If you have something you'd like to share send an email to

Parent Resources

Parent Teas

Growth Mindset

Growth / Fixed Mindsets: Based on the work of Carol Dweck, PhD on how people (and especially children) develop mindsets for success.

Growth Mindsets: A short video explaining how different kinds of praise impacts student learning and growth. Excellent for parents and parents who are also coaches!

Building Innovations Around Experiences Perseverance, resilience and innovative thinking all require a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset VS Fixed Mindset Graphic See the 2 mindsets compared in a quick visual.

Why Praise is Bad for Children: By Dr. Laura Markhan and Aha Parenting


Differentiation with Carol Ann Tomlinson... Parent presentation (November 2014)

LD OnLIne - The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD.

Tips for Communicating with Your Child

Sensory Integration

Substances: Use and Abuse

Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

Marijuana and the Teenage Brain (NPR_print)

Marijuana and the Teenage Brain (NPR _ mp3)

Recreational Pot Use Harmful to Young People's Brains A new study from medical researchers at Harvard and Northwestern shows that 18- to 25-year-olds who smoke marijuana—even just recreationally!—had marked abnormalities in areas of their brains that regulate emotion and motivation

Cannabis as Addictive as Cocaine

FCD Parent Presentation (Freedom From Chemical Dependency - October 2014)



Shisha Facts.pdf


Internet Safety

Keeping you children safe online is important to ISK. Below you will find some helpful hints and links.

  • Keep your child’s profile private so that only family and people you know see photos, important dates and other information.
  • Make sure they’re not posting personal details, including phone numbers, home address, and the name of their school or Social Security number.
  • Only allow them to publish photos and videos that don’t jeopardize their safety or their integrity.
  • Make sure they choose a strong password that can’t be guessed, and that it gets changed every three months.
  • Never allow them to accept friend requests from people they don’t know.
  • Keep an open dialogue with your children. Ask them to let you know if they’ve received private messages from a stranger, or from someone at school who is teasing, harassing or threatening them. Those could be signs of cyber-bullying or even a sexual predator.

Links to Internet Safety Sites

OnLine Safety Guide

Common Sense Media


Think You Know


Related to the ISK Aims (Creativity, Risk-Taking....)

ISK MS/HS Habits of Learning

Job Skills

What Do Employers Wnat from Their Employees?

Sermons for Grumpy Campers Why must all students learn to collaborate and communicate?

Risk Taking

Losing is Good for You

Making Friends with Failure

Failing and why it is important that our children learn to fail!

Self-Directed Learning

“In its broadest meaning, ’self-directed learning’ describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with our without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choosing and implement appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.” (Knowles, 1975, p. 18)


Risk Taking

Losing is Good for You

Making Friends with Failure

Failing and why it is important that our children learn to fail!


Reinventing Education to Teach Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Do Schools Kill Creativity (A TED Talk with Ken Robinson)


Erma Anderson 2015 (Parent Presentation) How Are Your Children Learning Math?

Erma Anderson 2014 (Parent Tea) Why Math Instruction Must Change

Erma Anderson 2014 (Parent Presentation) Why Students Struggle in Math

Erma Anderson 2013: Why We Can't Teach Math Today the Way We Learned It (Parent Presentation: September 2013)

ES Parent Tea (February 20) with Megan Holmstrom

MS Parent Tea (November 20): Math in the Middle School

Faster Isn't Smarter This is a resource for teachers, leaders, and parents. It is an incredible resource for further understanding math education today.

Mathematics Vision Project This is an introduction to the materials we are using in the HS (Math 1, 2, 3)

Rigor in Math This article is about the importance of rigor in a math program and what a rigorous math program looks like.

Math Class Needs a Makeover - TED Talk: Dan Meyer on HS math textbooks and how they are not helping math learners.

13 (Math) Rules that Expire - Especially for ES and MS parents! This is really key to using precise math language with your child.

How Math Should Be Taught - Reflections on practice from Jo Boaler, Stanford University

How to Help with Homework - Some do's and don'ts to help parents help their children

Algebra - Not If, But When - An article by the president of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics about when children will best learn algebra.

Numeracy Links

LearnZillion - mini-lessons on all of the math standards - you can search by grade level and topics.

Math Playground - Math Playground is an action packed math site featuring math games, math word problems, worksheets, logic puzzles, and videos.

IXL Math - Lots of practice - 20 free problems a day!

Math For Grown-Ups - Fun and informative

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families based on real life situations