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United Way of Santa Barbara County Offers Guidance for Parents so They May Assist and Support the Needs of Their Kids as Common Core is implemented in California

Parents and Educators Meet for Roundtable Discussion at Fess Parker on April 15

Santa Barbara, CA April 2, 2015 – United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) invites local educators, education specialists and parents for a discussion on support techniques for parents during the transition to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The discussion will feature guest speakers Lydia Song, Instructional Support Coordinator at Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) and Ellen Barger, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction at SBCEO, and will take place on April 15th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Fess Parker at 633 E. Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. The event is free and open to the public.

California is one of more than 40 states that have committed to using the Common Core State Standards, which were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governor’s Association.

“The focus of the United for Literacy Roundtable is to provide additional support to parents as we transition to the common core,” said Paul Didier, UWSBC President & CEO. “The new common core state standards place a higher demand for kids to think analytically, which is different than what parents are used to. Parents may feel they cannot lend the support that is required. Our hope is to empower parents’ ability to better meet their child’s educational needs.”

CCSS provides clear and consistent goal to ensure that students are ready for future college and career success, by setting a high bar to help ensure students develop the critical thinking and reasoning abilities to succeed in a competitive environment.

Lydia Song and Ellen Barger of the SBCEO will focus on the ways in which schools and educators can provide support to parents to become their child’s education advocates which will then lead to an engaging discussion with audience participation.

The event is free, and teachers, donors and supporters of the United Way of Santa Barbara County’s United for Literacy initiative are encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to RSVP, please visit

About Santa Barbara County Education Office

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) is an intermediate agency between the California State Department of Education and the 20 school districts that are located within the county’s boundaries. It is our office mission to provide service and leadership in the areas of students, teachers, and finance. For more information, please visit

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families &seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. For more information, please visit


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