Quick Note: Parents, always remember you are your child's first teacher, and family engagement makes an incredible difference in your children's lives. Your student's teacher is as close as th nearest phone, computer or a note you can send with your child each day. The Title VI Program is always looking for classroom volunteers as well.
Research shows reading to your child, even before they are born is a valuable way to enrich their vocabulary and reinforce your loving bond, especially when done on a routine basis, for example, reading a bedtime story as a nightly ritual.
Regarding adolescence, your teen needs love and support more than ever at this critical time of life, this transition time as your family prepares for the independent years ahead.
Existing as an Urban Native has its unique challenges, one being intergenerational trauma where previous generations have experienced Indian Residential Schools, Urban Relocation, and possibly "adopting out" as described in the November 2018 MMSD Native American Newsletter.
Despite previous generation's negative experiences within the public education system, along with a variety of social, economic and psychological issues; Urban Native parents are overcoming these barriers and becoming more involved, pursuing goals of graduation and college for future generations.
See the following links for additional information and as you send your child to school each day. Hold close the cultural ties passed down from the ancestors, which can significantly boost your child's identity and self-esteem.
Debbie Reese's Blog on books by American Indian authors, etc.