RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS
Post-secondary opportunities, training, and financial
assistance are available to families from three excellent sources listed
below. The federal government financial aid website, the Florida
financial aid website, and the District’s BRACE website provide parents
and students with the processes for applying for financial aid and for
exploring scholarship opportunities.
These different websites can help you and your
student navigate the waters of the college process. Federal
applications for financial aid are filed after January 1st of
the student’s senior year while scholarships have varying deadlines.
The Florida Student Financial Aid website also provides this information
on applying for financial aid and scholarships; however, this site is
limited to the state of Florida. Applications for Florida financial aid
may be filed any time after December 1st. Finally, the BRACE
website also lists many, many scholarship opportunities, local,
regional, and national, as well as a guide on how to choose a
post-secondary path (technical, college, private, public, etc.) and
other related information.
As you and your student consider choices for college,
university, or technical school, these websites can be extremely
helpful. For additional websites, do a GOOGLE search for financial aid,
scholarship opportunities or choosing a college. Check these out today!
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243
Physical and Mental Health Assistance
When there are times that you may need physical and
emotional help – parents and/or students – there are community resources
available that can provide immediate assistance, as well as those that
can provide long term assistance. The school counselor as an advocate
is your first stop but when that resource is not available, here are two
(2) telephone numbers that will come in handy. The first – FIRST CALL
FOR HELP – can provide immediate assistance for almost any physical or
emotional emergency or even non-emergency. The second – Broward County
Family Counseling Program – can provide therapeutic assistance for your
family or a short or long term basis, whichever is necessary to resolve
your mental health issues.
2-1-1 FIRST CALL FOR HELP (order change)
Broward County Family Counseling Program 754-322-3153
Professional Organization Resources for
Both the Florida School Counseling
Association and the American School Counselor Association provide a
wealth of resources and networking opportunities for school counselors.
Another helpful resource for school counselors is the National
Association of School Psychologists’ site. There you may view and print
many, many resources related to trauma and mental health. If you are
interested in membership to any of these valuable and useful
organizations, membership information as well as professional
development opportunities and resources are available at each of these
Student Records Access for Parents and
Parents and students may access records of
attendance, grades (middle and high school only), test scores,
graduation requirements status (high school only), and much more on the
District’s VIRTUAL COUNSELOR using their virtual counselor secure
login. Other areas of interest on this useful website are career and
postsecondary planning websites, lunch menus, district calendars and
other useful resources.
All resources provided are FREE and do not
imply endorsement or recommendations by the Broward County Public
Resources for parents on early childhood
programs and children’s literature that will enhance your relationship
with your student and lead to better performance in school.
An excellent site for articles on
communicating with teens, discipline “without disgrace”, temper
tantrums, responsible behavior, problem solving, summertime activities,
improving reading and much, much more.
Getting involved in your child’s education
is a critical component of student success. Whether you child is in
elementary, middle or high school, here are some tips for you to
participate in your child’s education. It starts with YOU!
Parents can view
their child's FCAT reading, mathematics and science scores on the
Internet by logging on to the FCAT Parent using the log-in and password
provided by their child’s school. This secure site features detailed
information on the meaning of the scores and provides resources to
improve student performance in the future.
There are many more resources on the web
that can help you assist your student. Search for parenting resources
or FCAT prep or any number of terms to help YOU get the assistance YOU
need to get involved in your student’s education and contribute to their
success in school and across the lifespan.
Teaching Tolerance is a program that is FREE
and available to the public and to elementary school counselors.
Provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance
provides a magazine of helpful and insightful information about being
tolerant, as well as a wealth of activities that can be found on their
website. Teaching Tolerance is for all ages.
The Department of Labor has developed a
website JUST FOR KIDS to assist even the youngest school child with
career exploration. Filled with video and pictorial career
descriptions, games, and activities, this site will keep you and your
child occupied for hours with the wealth of information it provides.
K-13+ activities are available from
Family TLC: The Nation's Network of Child Care Resource and Referral.
provides tools to enhance the
relationship. Information to help caring adults find age-appropriate,
Activities change each month – Check it out!
For more information on getting involved in
your child’s education, GOOGLE parent-child activities on the Internet.