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School District offers math instruction to parents

LAS VEGAS - Want to help your kids with their math homework, but need a refresher yourself? The Clark County School District is offering a program for parents to get their math skills back on track.

The Clark County School Board of Trustees will discuss Monday a plan to offer free math classes to parents to help them get more involved in their kids' schoolwork.

The classes are currently offered to teachers by the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program.

Bill Hanlon, a former Clark County School District math teacher, is the director of the program that works with local teachers. Starting Oct. 8, he will start working with parents.

The idea is to teach parents math concepts, so they can help their kids with their schoolwork, regardless of grade level.

School Board Trustee Erin Cranor says learning at home is pivotal to a student's academic success.

“The idea here is if we, as parents, are engaging in our kids learning effectively and actually helping our kids get that edge and get that confidence and have those successes,” she said. “Then, lots of good things are going to happen all the way across our community."

The program is free to the district and parents. Its success will be determined by parents' involvement. So far, Hanlon has committed to four teaching sessions.

The district will get feedback from parents and determine further scheduling for the classes.

The first class takes place Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the PBS Las Vegas building, 3050 E. Flamingo Rd.

For parents who can't attend the classes, there are other resources available. CCSD officials say teachers use Khan University to help students who need extra work in math, science and English.

It's a free, online learning program that contains a large amount of information on subjects and offers tutorial videos for teachers, parents and students.

"Have a walk-through on the computer. There's something teaching you something, and you can go back and hear it again if you don't quite get it, or you can skip ahead if you already know that part. So, it's a way for us to take advantage of the digital age," Cranor said.

Starting Sept. 30, parents can also use CCSD's new Infinite Campus tool. The online service allows parents to find student test scores, grades and missing assignments. Parents will also be able to find contact information for their kids' teachers. 

The school district plans to mail information about the program to parents in the coming days.