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Tool: Student development resources

There are many aspects of child and adolescent development that have the potential to impact students’ participation and learning in the classroom and at home. It often happens that parents (and teachers) are taken by surprise by a particular change in a student’s academic, social, emotional or physical development—they simply change so quickly it is sometimes hard to anticipate. 

The two charts below are designed to help you educate yourself about students at your particular grade level, and develop ways to share your learning with your students’ parents. At the bottom are some links to related parts of the ASSIST site that you might want to check out for additonal information.

1 of 2. How can I learn more about my students’ development? 

There are many websites and printed materials that will help you learn about students at a particular age level. As you access some of the resources listed below, keep track of key ideas on the Knowing my students chart.

Resources on student development

Print resources


LaForge, A.E., (1999). What really happens in school: A guide to your child’s emotional, social, and intellectual development, Grades K-5. New York: Scholastic.

Meece, J. (2001). Child and adolescent development for educators. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill.

Britto, P., & Brooks-Gunn, J., (2001). The role of family literacy environments in promoting your chidlren's emerging literacy skills. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Child and Adolescent Health and Development: http://www.who.int/child-adolescent-health/

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: http://www.aacap.org/publications/factsfam/develop.htm

Child Development Institute: http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/development/teens_stages.shtml

Center for Effective Parenting:
http://www.parenting-ed.org/aboutus.htm  (materials available in Spanish)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources: Administration for Children and Families: http://www.headstartinfo.org/infocenter/guides/pi_cde.htm



Knowing my students chart

Grade level: __________  Age range: __________


Area of development

Key resource

Key ideas parents should keep in mind

Intellectual development

Social development

Emotional development

Physical development


2 of 2. How can I help parents understand what to expect of their child’s development? 

Section II: Communicating with parents to find tools for fostering one-way and two-way communication:

  • Handbooks, newsletters, calendars, CDs
  • Classroom website
  • Parent education workshop toolkit
  • Parent observation guide
  • Parent conference toolkit
  • Parent observation notes
  • Home visits

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