Resources for parents of middle school students

One of the first websites you will want to become familiar with is that of your child's school. Most schools in Oregon have Web sites. If you don't know where to find this Web site, you can look up your school district on the Oregon School Board Association's site. From your school district's homepage you will be able to look up your child's school.
http://www.osba.org/Links/Districts.aspx

Other Education Links

Oregon Department of Education's Web site includes a section for parents. Here you will find links to other resources about curriculum and instruction, family involvement, high school and beyond, laws and rules, meeting student needs, and state standards and tests.
http://www.oregon.gov/ode/pages/default.aspx

From the middle and high school section of Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) Web site, you can help your teen learn how to do research, choose resources, find information, use online tools, evaluation information, take notes, and cite resources.
http://wwww.oslis.org

"Helping Your Child" series is published by the U.S. Department of Education to provide you with the tools and information necessary to help your children succeed in school and life. Most of the series is also available in Spanish.
http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html

Mapping Your Future is a college planning website developed as a public service by a group of loan guarantor organizations. It includes suggestions for things to do to help your middle school child.
http://mapping-your-future.org

Parenting Links

MVParents.com is a resource for parents who want information about raising responsible children and teens. At the heart of MVParents is the strategic work of Search Institute and the 40 Developmental Assets cited in this Web site.
http://mvparents.com/

PTA Parent Resources from the National Parent Teacher Association includes topics on student achievement, safety, media and technology, and health and wellness.
https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources

The Family Education Network website was created "empower learners of all ages to reach their full potential." The site is organized by three age groups - your child 0-6, 7-11, and 12-18. Each section includes articles, advice, and a discussion forum.
http://life.familyeducation.com/parenting/teen/43735.html

Miscellaneous Topics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes the Parents Guide to Internet Safety.
https://www.fbi.gov/resources/parents

PracticalMoneySkills.com is a free Web site designed to help educators, parents and students practice better money management for life. Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators and financial institutions to launch a national program to improve the nation's financial skills.
http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/teach/lesson_plans/grades_7_8 for teens (grades 7 8)

Reading is Fundamental website provides guidance for preparing and motivating your children to read. They also deliver free books and literacy resources to children and families with limited financial resources. Their parent resources are organized by age.
http://www.rif.org/parents/13_up.mspx

"A guide to the business of babysitting" is an information Web site developed by the University of Illinois Extension Service to help young babysitters become aware and prepared.
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/babysitting/index.html

My Hero - stories about their lives and career paths is a "not for profit educational web project that celebrates the best of humanity." Their mission is to enlighten and inspire with an Internet archive of hero stories from around the world. The site is funded entirely by the donations of time and money from companies and individuals who want to promote positive role models in our society, especially for children.
http://myhero.com/home.asp