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‘Promise Made, Promise Kept’: Evangelicals React to Trump’s Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Evangelicals are “ecstatic” over the Trump administration’s plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Promise made. Promise kept,” declared Pastor Paula White, a member of the president’s faith advisory council and senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, Florida.

“Once again, President Trump has shown the world what I have always known — he is a leader who is willing to do what is right however loud the voices are of the skeptics and the critics,” she said. “Evangelicals are ecstatic, for Israel is to us a sacred place and the Jewish people are our dearest friends.”

Faith leaders agree that the move is long overdue and are praising President Donald Trump for being the first in a long line of U.S. presidents in several decades to stand by America’s ally in such a major way.

“It is quite possible that President Donald Trump’s statement on Israel today is the single most important announcement regarding Israel by a U.S. President since President Harry Truman recognized Israel as a state 70 years ago on May 14, 1948,” Dr. Jim Garlow, senior pastor of  Skyline Church, said in a statement.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee agreed.

“For over two decades American presidents have talked the good talk on Israel,” he said. “But when it’s come to taking action, they’ve hesitated and kicked the can down the road instead of standing with our ally and recognizing its right to call Jerusalem its capital.”

“Today, President Donald Trump did what his predecessors didn’t have the courage to do,” Huckabee continued. “In so doing, he set two great examples for us — how to make good on promises and how to treat your friends.”

This billboard has been posted in Jerusalem by pro-Israel evangelical Mike Evans, thanking Trump for the move:

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, noted, “It is a bold, courageous move that is long overdue, and is especially significant coming from Israel’s closest ally. Both Jews and Christians around the world have prayed for this day, which rights a historic wrong by affirming to the world that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.”

U.S. officials are eschewing the notion that the move is a political statement. Rather, they say recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be an acknowledgement of “historical and current reality.”

It’s a sentiment evangelicals wholeheartedly agree with.

“The historical record, empirical fact and our faith all confirm that Jerusalem is in fact the capital of the Jewish people,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

“Christianity began in Jerusalem, which served as the context for Jesus’ life and earthly ministry,” said Rev. Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia. “The significance of Jerusalem to Christians, however, cannot be separated from the significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.”

“Their history is our history,” he continued. “We are intertwined through our Old Testament scriptures and spiritual legacy. Their biblical examples are our biblical examples, and we share this heritage in Jerusalem as our spiritual capital while Israel also legally proclaims it as her national capital. Their national history has become our spiritual history.”

Tuesday’s announcement is being viewed as the beginning of a new era when it comes to America’s Middle East policy.

“President Trump’s support of Israel is encouraging. It marks the beginning of a new season in U.S. Middle East Policy,” said Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland. “The previous administration allowed persecution , terrorism, and stereotyping of the Israeli people.”

Meanwhile, Dr. David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, warned that while the decision by the Trump administration was likely to face opposition, believers shouldn’t lose heart.

“There will be many who oppose this decision, just as so many have opposed Israel and her people throughout the centuries,” he said. “We should not be surprised by this, but rather more convinced than ever that, despite great opposition, God’s hand will forever be on the people of the promise.”

 

via CBN News

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Commends Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital of Israel

“The historical record, empirical fact and our faith all confirm that Jerusalem is in fact the capital of the Jewish people. I therefore enthusiastically applaud President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…”
—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:
“The historical record, empirical fact and our faith all confirm that Jerusalem is in fact the capital of the Jewish people. I therefore enthusiastically applaud President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a promise every president has made since Clinton, and which none has fulfilled until today.
“In 1995 Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which mandated moving the U.S. Embassy to a unified Jerusalem. Every six months since, our political leaders have given one excuse after another for not following through on this promise. President Trump has made clear that the time for acquiescence is over. Recognizing the Jewish people’s rightful claim to their eternal capital city puts the United States firmly on the right side of history. This is not only the right thing to do, it is the altogether righteous thing to do.”
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2017 National Hispanic Education Summit Focuses On Education Equity, Accountability, College Success

New York City, NY – Nyack College hosted the 8th annual National Hispanic Education Summit and the 9th annual Nyack Scholars Symposium on November 8-9, 2017. These events were presented by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s Alliance for Hispanic Education, the Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC, and Nyack College.

The Summit and Symposium were attended by nearly 175 university leaders, faith leaders and students – representing 18 universities and 15 national organizations. The shared theme for these joint events was “In Search of Accountability in Closing Educational Gaps.” Topics for workshops and keynote speakers spanned education equity, accountability, and strategies for increasing Latino college recruitment and graduation rates.

The National Hispanic Education Summit convened at both NY campuses of Nyack College, featuring 15 workshops and panels led by 27 university administrators, professors, Nyack students, and pastors. Special guest speakers included Mr. Jer Swigart, founder of The Global Immersion Project, Dr. Irvin Scott, senior lecturer on education at Harvard University, Bishop Tony Garcia, Administrative Bishop of the Northeast Hispanic Region, Church of God, and Ms. Maria Eugenia Alcon-Heraux, Director of Media Relations, College Board.

Two awards were presented during this year’s Summit. The Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC presented a Lifetime Education Impact Award to Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. A 25th Anniversary Award was presented in honor of the founding of AMEN, the organization founded by Dr. Jesse Miranda which eventually became the NHCLC. Dr. Benjamín Alicea-Lugo, Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church, received the award on behalf of Dr. Miranda.

“We appreciate the hospitality of Nyack College as they provided the perfect environment for fostering impactful relationships between Hispanic evangelical leaders and university leadership. Hispanic students — and our nation — will be the ultimate beneficiaries of these Kingdom-minded relationships,” said Dr. Andrea Ramirez, Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC, who oversees key education initiatives for the NHCLC throughout the U.S.

“It has been an honor to work with Dr. Andrea Ramirez and Mr. Girien Salazar on this joint event. We are convinced that increasing access and providing appropriate support services for minority and low-income students to succeed in higher education is absolutely necessary to build a more equitable and free society,” said Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, director of Nyack’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), which values Education as one of its core directives, advocates for Hispanic student success including education equity and high academic standards for all students. The NHCLC serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals worldwide assembled in the U.S. and throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.

Nyack College was founded in 1882 by Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson and currently serves more than 2,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and online degree programs. In addition to its residential campus in Nyack, NY and a commuter campus in New York City, an extension site is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nyack is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

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Pictured left to right:
Dr. Michael G. Scales, president of Nyack College;
Dr. Andrea Ramirez, executive director of the Faith & Education Coalition
Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, founding director of the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement Mr. Girien Salazar, deputy director of the Faith & Education Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured left to right:
Dr. Michael G. Scales, president of Nyack College
Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, president of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Dr. Carlos Campo, president of Ashland University
Dr. Irvin Scott, senior lecturer on education at Harvard University.
Dr. Andrea Ramirez, executive director of Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC
Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, founding director of Nyack’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement Mr. Girien Salazar, deputy director of Faith and Education Coalition-NHCLC

 

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Reacts to Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer’s Decision to Boycott Meeting with Trump

“We must never allow Dreamers to be used as political bargaining chips. The American people are waiting for our leaders to show the political courage and moral integrity to do the right thing.”

 —Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement in response to Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi’s decision to boycott a White House meeting that among other topics, was intended to address finding a solution for Dreamers:

“Over the years, I have enjoyed a great working relationship with my friends, Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi. I commend them both on their tireless advocacy on behalf of Dreamers in particular, and in no way question their sincere desire to permanently secure the futures of these precious children who are innocent of any wrongdoing.

“Nevertheless, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi’s decision to boycott a meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office is discouraging and threatens to derail an already dysfunctional legislative process that should be bipartisan in nature. A permanent solution must be achieved, not because it is politically expedient, but because it is the just and righteous thing to do. We must never allow Dreamers to be used as political bargaining chips. The American people are waiting for our leaders to show the political courage and moral integrity to do the right thing. As such we implore the leadership of both parties to get back to work and deliver a permanent solution for America’s children.” 

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and the NHCLC Names Bianca Juarez-Olthoff as Newest Member of Executive Leadership Team

Juarez-Olthoff to Serve as Spokesperson, Advocate for Hispanic Evangelical Women’s Network for National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) are pleased to announce Bianca Juarez-Olthoff as the newest member of its executive leadership team. Based in Orange County, California, Juarez-Olthoff will serve as spokesperson for the NHCLC, as well as spearhead the development of a Hispanic evangelical women’s network.
“We are tremendously excited by all that Bianca brings to the table on behalf of the NHCLC,” says Rev. Rodriguez. “She possesses a wealth of experience in the areas of church and community building, mentorship, Bible teaching, and beyond that, her faith and positivity are contagious. We are honored to have her speak on behalf of the NHCLC and to follow her passion and gifting to build what we truly believe will become, one of the most robust and vibrant women’s networks in the world.”

Bianca Juarez-Olthoff is also the founder of In The Name of Love, a non-profit organization “dedicated to the transformation of lives through the saving power of Jesus Christ” by providing biblically-based resources; mentoring; social justice initiatives that empower people to care for and provide for others; and by creating meaningful and spiritual experiences by organizing events to serve the community.

“As a first generation Latina American, it is my privilege and honor to partner with the NHCLC and the next generation of Hispanic leaders,” says Juarez-Olthoff. “There are few organizations that have a pulse on culture, justice, and race-relations, so being a part of this team is a dream come true. My hope is to awaken a generation to the cause of Jesus Christ, to carry the heart of the Father, and live a Spirit-filled life as we fight for justice.”
MEDIA: To download a headshot of Bianca Juarez-Olthoff, click here.
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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
Bianca Juarez Olthoff is a bible-teaching, word-slanging MexiRican who is passionate about raising up a generation of people passionate about Jesus Christ. As an author and speaker, she knows the power of words and wields them wisely. As a church planter and leader, she is committed to proclaiming the gospel domestically and internationally. For more information, follow her on Twitter.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News, CNN, and a number of additional media outlets, publications, and periodicals as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters in Latin America.
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Pastor Samuel Rodriguez responds to First Baptist Shooting

“Here we are again broken-hearted by evil and – this time – in a sanctuary for the Prince of Peace. We pray, we cry and we plead with God for mercy on our land. We thank Him for the first responders and we trust Him to comfort those whose pain is unbearable. May our nation pray.” -Reverend Samuel Rodriguez #PrayforSutherlandSprings

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“We Are Celebrating the Bible Coming to Life”: Hispanic Leaders Tour Museum of the Bible

Washington – The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference got a sneak peak of the Museum of the Bible during their trip to the nation’s capital this week.

“We are celebrating the Bible coming to life,” said Tony Suarez, NHCLC Executive Vice President. “We’ve preached about it and we’ve talked about.”

The new Museum of the Bible is a 430,000 square foot facility just three blocks from Capitol Hill. It’s on track to open mid-November. Christians leaders from across the country walked the halls of biblical history to meet, pray and strengthen their faith.

“I hope this stirs up a passion for the word of God where we get back into the book, back to studying the book and having a love for the Bible and having a love for the word of God,” said Suarez.

“This is going to be a base for faith in the Bible,” said Luis Avila, Pentecostal Holiness Church in Oklahoma City.

CBN’s Ben Kennedy asked Avila if prayer is needed now more than ever.

“Absolutely, I believe so,” said Avila.

The NHCLC plans to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with lawmakers about Israel, Puerto Rico and Dreamers — young people whose parents brought them here illegally.

“Asking them again to pass some sort of permanent legislation to help Dreamers and they do it before Christmas,” said Suarez. “That would be the best Christmas gift.”

 

 

via CBN News

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An Open Letter to Organizations with a Presence in Puerto Rico: #NoNosVamos

Our president recently tweeted that the federal forces helping Puerto Rico “can’t stay forever.” Given how early we are in this tragedy, the scale of the devastation, and the continued suffering of our fellow Americans, this is no time for equivocation.

We at the College Board have been operating in Puerto Rico for more than 50 years, and today we take a simple pledge: We Are Not Leaving: #NoNosVamos.

As a nonprofit that has 76 employees in Puerto Rico, we declare today that the College Board will stand with our Puerto Rican colleagues and member colleges and schools throughout the rebuilding process and into the future. We will invest more, not less, in Puerto Rico in the years to come to support students and ensure a hurricane cannot block their future, for which they have worked so hard. The College Board has played a central role in Puerto Rico and Latin America’s educational life for more than 50 years, and those deep roots remain unshaken and unshakeable. We are here for the long haul.

And we must all speak out against false statements that the Puerto Ricans are not working hard enough to help themselves. Not so. Days after the storm, our colleagues in Puerto Rico assembled themselves to rebuild our offices. They neglected their homes to make a space to work. Our colleagues in Puerto Rico were driven to make sure they didn’t leave students throughout Latin America in the lurch. We made sure everyone knew they would have paid leave to take care of themselves and their families, and our colleagues chose to work.

The leader of our Puerto Rico office, José “Pepe” Carreras, named the force driving his colleagues to action: “They realize that education post-Hurricane Maria will be one of the building blocks we will need to focus on right away to give students purpose and begin building for the future.”

All of us at the College Board stand in awe and witness to the courage and resourcefulness of our team in Puerto Rico. Moved by the force of their spirit, we call on other nonprofits and businesses to share our pledge to stand by Puerto Rico throughout the rebuilding process. For those of you with staff in Puerto Rico, please share your stories of colleagues working hard to reclaim their future.

Please join us in our pledge: We Are Not Leaving: #NoNosVamos.

In gratitude,

David Coleman

Carta Abierta a las Organizaciones con Presencia en Puerto Rico: #NoNosVamos

Hace poco, nuestro presidente tuiteó un mensaje indicando que las fuerzas federales que se encuentran ayudando a Puerto Rico “no podrán quedarse para siempre”. Teniendo en cuenta el poco tiempo que ha pasado desde que tuvo lugar esta tragedia, la magnitud de la devastación y el sufrimiento incesante de nuestros compatriotas, este no es el momento para equivocaciones.

Nosotros, en el College Board, hemos estado operando en Puerto Rico por más de 50 años y hoy asumimos este simple compromiso: #NoNosVamos.

Como una organización sin fines de lucro con 76 miembros de su personal en Puerto Rico, declaramos hoy que el College Board se mantendrá firme junto a nuestros colegas al igual que los colegios y universidades miembros de Puerto Rico a lo largo del periodo de reconstrucción y en el futuro. Invertiremos más, no menos, en Puerto Rico los próximos años para apoyar a los estudiantes y asegurarnos de que un huracán no pueda bloquear el futuro por el cual han trabajado tan duro para conseguir. Por más de 50 años, el College Board ha desempeñado una función fundamental en la vida educativa de Puerto Rico y América Latina y esas raíces profundas permanecen intactas e inquebrantables. Estamos comprometidos a esta labor a largo plazo.

Y debemos denunciar las declaraciones falsas de que los puertorriqueños no están trabajando lo suficiente para ayudarse a sí mismos. Sabemos que este no es el caso. Días después de la tormenta, nuestros colegas en Puerto Rico se juntaron para reconstruir nuestras oficinas. Pusieron los deberes de sus hogares hacia al lado para facilitar un espacio de trabajo. Nuestros colegas en Puerto Rico actuaron de su propia voluntad para asegurarse de que ningún estudiante en toda América Latina se quede plantado. Estuvimos seguros de que todos nuestros colegas supieran que tendrían tiempo libre pagado disponible para ocuparse de sí mismos y de sus familias, aun así decidieron volver a trabajar.

El líder de nuestra oficina en Puerto Rico, José “Pepe” Carreras, describió la fuerza que impulso a sus colegas a actuar de esta manera: “Ellos comprenden que el sistema de educación posterior al huracán María será una pieza fundamental que requerirá atención inmediata para poder darle a nuestros estudiantes un sentido de propósito y comenzar a construir un mejor futuro”.

Todos nosotros en el College Board estamos maravillados y somos testigos de la valentía y asombrosa recursividad de nuestro equipo en Puerto Rico. Conmovidos por la fuerza de su espíritu, hacemos un llamado a otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro y empresariales a que compartan nuestro compromiso por Puerto Rico durante a lo largo del periodo de reconstrucción. Para aquellos que tienen personal en Puerto Rico, les pido que compartan las historias de sus colegas que están trabajando intensamente para levantar su isla.

Les invito a que se unan a nuestro compromiso: #NoNosVamos

Muy agradecido,

David Coleman

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Exclusive: Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against alt-right

A group of prominent evangelical Christians is calling on President Donald Trump to take further steps to condemn white supremacists — specifically those in the alt-right — following the August white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead.

letter that has been circulating privately among a coalition of pastors notes Trump’s efforts to denounce the white supremacists, but urges the President to go further in condemning the alt-right “by name.”
“This movement has escaped your disapproval,” the letter, obtained exclusively by CNN, reads. “We believe it is important for this movement to be addressed, for at its core it is a white identity movement and the majority of its members are white nationalists or white supremacists. This movement gained public prominence during your candidacy for President of the United States. Supporters of the movement have claimed that you share their vision for our country. These same supporters have sought to use the political and cultural concerns of people of goodwill for their prejudiced political agendas. It concerned many of us when three people associated with the alt-right movement were given jobs in the White House.”
Initial signers of the letter include Southern Baptist Convention President Rev. Steve Gaines, former SBC President Rev. Fred Luter and the Rev. T.D. Jakes, a mentor of Trump’s top spiritual adviser, Rev. Paula White. One member of Trump’s informal Evangelical Advisory Board, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also signed the letter.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
Trump was widely criticized for his response to the white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month after he claimed that “both sides” were to blame for violence and said there were “some very fine people” among the white nationalist protesters.
“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said during a press conference after the demonstrations. “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”
Trump signed a congressional resolution Sept. 14 that condemned the violence and renounced “white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.”
“No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” Trump said.
But the signers of the letter are calling on Trump to take further steps to address the issue.
“Our country desperately needs unifying leadership again,” their letter reads. “We need you, President Trump, to lead us in such an effort. America needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves. America is profoundly fractured and divided. We are praying, and call upon God’s people to humble themselves and pray that you would take the bold and moral step to denounce the alt-right.”
The effort, a collaborative project drafted by Southern Baptists Rev. Dwight McKissic and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Dean Keith S. Whitfield, comes after the Southern Baptist Convention — the nation’s largest protestant denomination — grappled with its own decision to condemn the alt-right earlier this year.
At the denomination’s annual meeting in June, Southern Baptists initially rejected an effort to condemn the alt-right, sparking an outcry among pastors who went on to force a vote on a resolution that condemned “every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy.” The resolution ultimately passed.
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Commentary: Five tips to help Texas parents become “learning heroes”

I love the diverse people, food and languages across the Lone Star State, especially our “south of the border” sounds and flavors. Latino culture is part of my heritage, and I am proud to serve the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference as Executive Director of the Faith & Education Coalition. I love working with parents, pastors and leaders across the nation who care deeply about students and high-quality education.

In many Hispanic communities across Texas, pastors and church members provide vital education connections for families. From immigrants and Spanish-speaking parents to first-generation college students, these “learning heroes” help local families bridge the language and cultural divides related to education. They invest in students because they believe every child is created in God’s image and deserves the chance to meet his or her potential.

One way these church leaders help families chart a course for school success is by encouraging them to build a strong parent-teacher partnership. This can be intimidating for adults who never completed their own education, those who were educated in other countries, or those who are not fluent in English. But we can encourage all parents to make the most of this “back to school” season with a few simple tips.

Parents can be “learning heroes” for their children by starting the school year with these five tips:

1. Start strong.

Find out how prepared your child is for his or her new grade. Be sure to review the annual state test results from last year.  Consider using the TAG approach (Teacher feedback + Assessments + Grades) to determine how your student is progressing and what areas may need additional support. If you haven’t received your child’s STAAR test results yet, visit www.TexasAssessment.com to view your child’s assessment results from last school year – as well as many other parent resources. Much of this information is also available in Spanish.

2. Partner up.

At your first teacher meeting, bring your child’s state test results and ask what they mean for this year. Find out what’s expected of your child and what you can do at home to help. You can prepare for the first teacher meeting with tips at BeALearningHero.org

3. Make it fun!

You are the expert on your child and can help make learning cool! Read together on topics that interest your child. Find math in everyday life – turn it into a game. Small learning moments add up!

 

4. Celebrate hard work.

Focus on the effort and what your child is learning. Celebrating hard work and progress, rather than perfection, will help your child feel less nervous about new tasks or subjects.

 

5. Encourage life skills along the way.

Strengths such as being able to communicate, problem-solve and demonstrate patience will help your child in school and life. Talk openly with your child about how he or she is feeling and reacting to situations at school, on the playground and at home.

Parents and teachers and church leaders can partner to help students reach high standards, expecting and bringing out the best in each child. Good tests help us gauge if students are on track for the next grade level and, eventually, for the rigor of college or career. And accessing test results and other progress data, in both English and Spanish, empowers parents to become full partners in their child’s education. We can honor our cultural diversity as we unite parents behind a common goal – excellent education opportunities for all our Texas students.

via Baptist Standard

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