Parent Information & Resources

Hello, it is my pleasure to offer this portion of my website to help you and your family investigate the approach we will take to learning history in those classes I teach.  Each link will break down the rationales, research, and practices that underpin what we do in class and how I ultimately measure and gauge achievement and historical understanding,

As I noted on the front page of the site, if you have a question or would  like to discuss an approach or concept shared here or talked about by your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at

As we in education forge forward with the common core and other developments in lesson design and assessment, I've come to value clear articulation of the what's, why's, how's and when's of my classroom practices. I have also found that open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders helps serve the interests of each student I serve.  The old cliche stands true, "There is no such thing as a bad question or an awkward conversation" when it comes to your child or your concerns.  I look forward to the year ahead and always love to discuss my approach and am open to any information that will help me serve every aspect of the student's I teach, so please don't be shy or reluctant to inquire. 

The following was taken directly from and speaks to relevant research regarding the power and importance of the teacher/parent relationship.  My best to you and your family.  


Chris Bond

"Researchers have evidence for the positive effects of parent involvement on children, families, and school when schools and parents continuously support and encourage the children's learning and development (Eccles & Harold, 1993; Illinois State Board of Education, 1993). According to Henderson and Berla (1994), "the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student's family can:

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning
  2. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children's achievement and future careers
  3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community (p. 160)

Henderson and Berla (1994) reviewed and analyzed eighty-five studies that documented the comprehensive benefits of parent involvement in children's education. This and other studies show that parent involvement activities that are effectively planned and well-implemented result in substantial benefits to children, parents, educators, and the school.

By G. Olsen|M.L. Fuller — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall