“ If we could successfully teach every child by ourselves, then it seems to me we would have already done so.” Steve Constantino “ Families are the first and most influential teacher in a child’s life.”
Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail. Kinky Friedman
IT IS INTENTIONAL! How can you sense school culture? ◦ Sight? ◦ Sound? ◦ Smell? ◦ Touch (or Feel)? ◦ Taste?
What are the largest barriers to family engagement? ◦ Time Build connections ◦ Culture Build trust ◦ Uncertainty Build capacity
1. A culture includes all staff members and every family ◦ People are more important than programs ◦ Relationships precede reform ◦ The outcome is student academic success
Take it to the streets… ◦ Understand the traffic flow ◦ Different venues ◦ Go to the work place ◦ Go to places of worship ◦ Go to community centers ◦ Home visits ◦ Build relationships and BUILD TRUST
2. A culture builds and maintains effective communication ◦ What types of communication do you use? ◦ What types of communication seem to be most effective? ◦ Have you surveyed the parents/families about preferred types of communication? ◦ When do you initiate communication?
Maintain traditional forms of written communication Leverage technology ◦ Email, Text, FaceTime and Skype ◦ Correct telephone, email, and website ◦ Names of principal, ass’t principal, counselor, teacher(s), AND receptionist, nurse, head of food service, head of transportation ◦ BUILD CONNECTIONS
3. A culture empowers every family ◦ Every family “invited to the party” ◦ Especially families of students with greatest need ◦ BUILD CAPACITY
Shall provide assistance to participating parents in such areas as understanding the State's content standards and performance standards, and local assessments, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children as well as information on how parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children;
Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology;
Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between home and school;
Shall coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool programs and other programs, and conduct other activities such as parent resource centers, to the extent feasible and appropriate;
Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the homes of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand;
Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment ◦ Honor the findings ◦ Identify the needs ◦ Enact the strategy
Include parents and families… ◦ Review and revision of district PI Policy, school PI Policy, and School-Parent Compact ◦ Decision-making: SBDM, district parent advisory council, use of PI funds ◦ Student course selection in high school, which may include discussion about mentoring, tutoring, SES, dual credit classes, AP classes, etc.
Strategies should address needs Meetings and events need to be personalized Math Language Arts
How would you describe your current school culture? What are the evidences of your current school culture? How is your school culture sustained? How is your current school culture beneficial for family engagement? If your school culture is negative, what can you do to transform the school climate and culture?
Building Relationships Forging Partnerships Performance Resulting in Student Success
Family Engagement Capacity Building Framework Ineffective Home/School Partnerships Effective Home/School Partnerships – Supporting Student Achievement Challenge Outcomes
Challenge: Desire exists but lack of resources or skills Outcomes: Intended outcomes for school staff and for families Policies and Initiatives: Compliance directed toward capability, connections, cognition, confidence Conditions for Success: the System and the Process Building Capacity Building a Framework Building Success
Currently Compliance Checklist Shelf Documents Satisfy ICR’s Ground Level, Meet Requirements In the Future Performance Build Capacity Dynamic Documents School Culture Higher Levels, Respond to Needs of Families to Improve Student Outcomes
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December 5 – 7, 2013 Galveston Island Convention Center Host Hotel: Galveston Island Hilton Resort
20/20 Parental Involvement Revised Website – easier to find needed information Continuing to improve Facebook page Checklist for policy and compact – assist with random validations
Title I Statewide School Support/Parental Involvement Initiative
Parents and patrons are the most important people to enter this office in person, by mail, or by telephone. Parents and patrons are not dependent upon us; on the contrary, we are dependent on them. Parents and patrons are not an interruption of our work; they are the purpose of it. We are not doing them a favor by serving them; they do us a favor by permitting us to do so.
Parents and patrons are not cold statistics; they are concerned human beings with feelings and emotions like our own, who entrust their children to our care. Parents and patrons are persons who bring us their problems, their needs, and their ideas. Our job is to handle these problems with understanding, fairness, enthusiasm, and professional skill.
Contact your regional ESC Terri Stafford, firstname.lastname@example.org@esc16.net Skip Forsyth, email@example.com@esc16.net Thanks, have a great day!