Presentation on theme: "Let’s Renew our Title I Compact"— Presentation transcript:
1 Let’s Renew our Title I Compact To reach our school improvement goals, everyone needs to be on board!CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONCONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
2 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Compact:A written agreement of shared responsibilityHow will families and teachers work together this year to achieve the goals of the school improvement plan and make AYP?USDE 1996CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
3 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Our New Compact Will:Link to the goals of our School Improvement Plan and our grade-level achievement dataDescribe strategies families can use at home to strengthen students’skillsExplain what teachers will do to support family learningDescribe what students will do to reach their achievement goalsBe written in family-friendly language with meaningful input from families and students
4 Not Use General Statements Like: CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONNot Use General Statements Like:Teachers will hold high expectations for all children and offer high-quality instructionParents will monitor attendance and TV watching, and make sure their children do their homeworkStudents will be good citizens, read 30 minutes every day, and bring home notices from school.
5 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Why do This?Section 1118 of the law says we must have a School-Parent CompactResearch says that engaging families helps students do better in schoolParents and families want to helpWe need all the help we can get to make AYP
6 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION School-Family-Community Partnerships“Schools, families and communities all contribute to student success, and the best results come when all three work together as equal partners.”CT State Board of Education Position Statement on School-Family-Community PartnershipsFirst edition was in 1997CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
7 Organizing Schools for Improvement CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONOrganizing Schools for ImprovementLong-term study of Chicago schools: When schools have strong family and community ties, their students are:Four times more likely to make significant gains in readingTen times more likely to make significant gains in math.Anthony S. Bryk et al, (2010) Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
8 What are Strong Family Ties? CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONWhat are Strong Family Ties?Title I students‘ reading and math scores (3-5th grades) improved 40-50% faster when teachers:met with families face-to-facesent materials on ways to help their child at hometelephoned routinely about progress(Westat and Policy Studies Associates, 2001)CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
9 First Two Steps to Success CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONFirst Two Steps to Success1. Motivate and get buy-in from staff- Explain at a staff meeting what Compacts areand how they contribute to student success2. Designate a leader- Pick a person with leadership skills. Math/literacycoach, AP, data team leader, home-schoolcoordinator
10 Next Two Steps to Success CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONNext Two Steps to Success3. Align Compact with school improvement plan- Review and analyze school data and SIP goals toID skills to focus on4. Get grade-level input on skills that need toimprove in each grade- Data teams ID three goals/grade level and drafthome learning ideas to discuss with parents
11 School-Parent Compact CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONSTUDENT DATADistrict and School Improvement PlansSchool-Parent CompactGrade Level StrategiesDISTRICT SCHOOL GRADE CLASS HOMEParent-Teacher ConferencesHome LearningCONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
12 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Steps to Success #5 and #65. Reach out to Families - Meet by grade level to discuss how to work together (workshops, class meetings, math night). Two-way conversations! 6. Don’t forget the Students - How will they take responsibility for their learning? - What do they want teachers and parents to do to support them?
13 It’s All About the Conversations! CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONIt’s All About the Conversations!Recruit parents to fun event -- then break into grade level groups with translators.Ask: How can the school help YOU support your children’s learning? \Type up and circulate parents’ideas.Teachers meet at each grade level to respond, draft Compact plan.Parents approve.CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
14 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION What do Teachers Say?"As a result of collaborating with families on our school compact, we teachers looked at parents differently, appreciating how much they were willing to help. We realized that as teachers we never were specific about the learning skills and strategies that we wanted them to do at home, and often assumed that there was no support. Wow, were we wrong!! Our relationship with families grew stronger and finally, we were all on the same page to strengthen student achievement.”Teacher, Geraldine Johnson School, Bridgeport CT
15 Next Two Steps to Success CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONNext Two Steps to Success7. Pull it All Together - Create an attractive, family-friendly Compact with input from all - Design a roll-out plan 8. Align all Resources - ID professional development - Pull in volunteers and community partners, - Tap the Title I budget for materials, speakers
16 School Action Team for Partnerships CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAligning ResourcesBudgetParent WorkshopsStaff DevelopmentVolunteers, Tutors and other PartnersTitle 1 EvaluationSchool-Parent CompactGrade Level StrategiesSchool Action Team for PartnershipsCONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
17 Last Two Steps to Success CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONLast Two Steps to Success9. Market the Compact - Get the word out at every opportunity - Refer to the Compact at parent-teacher conferences and meetings 10. Review, Revise, Celebrate Progress - Discuss what worked, what needs to Improve, then develop new plan. - Celebrate success and ask students to show off!
18 CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Quality IndicatorsLink actions to goals in SIP and to school dataConnect activities for families to what students are learning and doing in classInclude follow-up steps to support parents and studentsConsult with parents on communication strategies that work best for themTranslate into families’ home languagesCONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
19 It’s all about the Conversations! CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONRemember:It’s all aboutthe Conversations!