Studies have shown that when families are involved in their child’s learning, the child performs better. Plus, we know that when we help to teach children self-direction, to get along with others, avoid risky behaviors and find help when they feel sad or discouraged (known as social and emotional learning), academic performance improves.
Here you’ll find practical, proven resources that can help families connect…share…talk and think about important youth and family issues in a whole new way. Each program (some in Spanish, as well) features student profiles as well as interviews with leading experts and parents. Videos within this archive may contain statistics and/or images that are somewhat out of date. However, the themes and stories of each Connect with Kids reality-based program remain valuable and timely and are used in classrooms across America. After your student watches each video, we suggest using the accompanying lesson plan, discussion questions, and/or classroom activity to engage in dialogue and explore each topic at a deeper level.
Many video programs are divided into five segments; each segment is four to six minutes in length. Additionally, many of these parent resources include a Family Viewing Guide with facts, tips and suggested “conversation starters,” as well as two-minute video shortcuts that contain additional research and information on today’s key issues.
Please also feel free to click on the “Share a Link” feature to share the video and print resources with others in your school community. The link will be live for viewing for 5 days.