Fulton education officials discuss new writing standards, schedule next parent involvement meeting for May 30

FULTON, NY – As part of Fulton City School District’s Title I Parent Involvement Policy, school district officials host regular parent involvement meetings to share important information about topics related to education.

The most recent meeting provided an audience of parents, grandparents, community members, and current students with more information about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the changes that students and parents might be noticing as the standards relate to writing.

Betsy Conners, executive director of Instruction and Assessment, and Carri Waloven, director of Literacy and Universal Pre-K facilitated the group discussion, explaining that according to the new standards students will be required to use evidence from text to support a response or conclusion.

Facilitators provided the group with examples of how CCSS differ from previous standards and what parents can look for in their child’s backpack.

Previously, students were asked opinion questions; new standards require students to support an argument with text-based evidence. Writing samples were shared with the audience and parents were given resources to find more information as well as a list of ways to support a student’s writing at home.

Parent involvement meetings promote a connection between home and school as well as provide parents, guardians and family members an opportunity to become active members of their child’s education and the school’s community.

Fulton City School District officials host the meetings, which are open to the public, to share essential information about timely topics in today’s schools and classrooms.

The next Title I parent involvement meeting will take place on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fulton Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St.

The topic for this meeting will bullying versus conflict.