Presentation on theme: "Technology and Parent Engagement"— Presentation transcript:
1Technology and Parent Engagement Karen Rice OstermanMiddleton-Cross Plains School District
2Demographics in MCPASD Total number of ELLs: 348Total number of Spanish-speaking ELLs: 210Total number of parents needing language support services: 179How/why we keep track of parents needing LSSHow we keep track of parents needing LSS:Infinite Campus, “Interpreter Needed” tabIndicates parent or student or student/parentHelps the teacher to know when to use language services when communicating with familiesWhy we keep track?Communication is key to family engagementIt is the ethical and equitable thing to do (equal access to education)It is the lawWe’ll talk more about these language support services during this presentation and how that relates to parent engagement.
3Parent Engagement Dramatic shift in population during last 5- 10 years Historically, same parents attending every eventGoal to increase numbers of parents participating in events, increase parent engagement
4Turn and TalkWhat goals does your district or school have for parent engagement?Have you noticed trends with attendance at school or events?
5District website Use of Google Translate Available in MANY languages Not perfect, but makes websites accessible
6Spanish Attendance Line We noticed families weren’t reporting attendanceEach building had different procedures for contacting families when a student was absentUsing in-building vs. district staffPromotion of attendance line useExplain attendance line –What info to leaveThat they won’t get a call backThey have the option of pressing another button to bounce to my extensionMonitored by district staff
7Share OutHow does your district or school handle attendance for speakers of other languages?Have you noticed that families call in or don’t call in to report attendance?How is attendance an important part of parent engagement?What can you do to increase engagement in this area?
8Conference CallsThe use of conference calls has increased school- home connectionNew practice that’s being done to contact familiesMore efficient than scheduling meetings for smaller issues, concerns, or questionsMessage is more accurately relayedParents talk directly to school staff, which further improves school-home connectionsParents have a chance to ask questions directlyGive examples of successful calls
9Computer ClassesPartnership with Latino Academy of Workforce DevelopmentLAWD provides teachers and curriculumDistrict provides space, computers, childcare, coordination of events, outreach, promotionTeaches parents basics, including setting up , using the parent portal, checking their child’s Facebook account, typing, etc.Classes offered two different yearsHas led to increase of parents using to communicate with school
10Parent Portal Use of Portal taught during computer classes Translated Parent Portal guideAll parents have an accountParent Portal has Google Translate option so families can navigate in other languagesParents requesting additional trainingNot every family is using this, obviously, but the numbers have definitely increased
11Automated Messages (“All Call”) Done through Infinite CampusCan be automated, although automatic pronunciation of other languages is unclear and causes confusionWe record our own through AudacitySend them out through filters to families requesting InterpretersUse to promote events, parent meetings, weather closures, etc.Challenge: parents don’t answer phones, call back to ask what message was about; often creates more workHas helped communicate messages, especially about school events and school closuresThis started because of snow or weather cancelations that were only going out in EnglishCan be done with too
12Translator Email Account Created to streamline language requestsUsed for requests for all languagesManaged by district ESL/Bilingual staffUse of the account has improved communication with staff, and between home-schoolIncrease in documents translated and meetings scheduled with an interpreter
13Simultaneous Interpretation We recently purchased equipment for meetingsAllows parents to be discreet in large group meetings regarding language needsIncreased participation in parent meetingsParents feel a part of the school communityHas increased success of parents attending and participating in school meetings
14Turn and TalkHow are you using technology resources to increase parent engagement?Do you use features in Infinite Campus or other student management systems? Which ones?What’s working well?What goals do you have with regard to use of computers and computer systems?
15Technology Access for All Program ChromebooksGraphing CalculatorsMi-FiPurpose: increase student and parent engagement by making technology accessible to ALL familiesProvides option to purchase technology at reduced rate for F/R families or families asking for scholarshipsInitiative began as a part of our Technology DepartmentAvailable to 8th and 9th grade students
16Professional Development Purpose is to increase awareness among school staff on increasing school-home connectionsTraining staff at building staff meetings:How do know if a student/parent needs language servicesWhy we need to provide language servicesHow to access language servicesAvailable outreach servicesLanguage services video
17Have these strategies been effective? Overall, yes!We still have a long way to go, but we’ve made great strides tooIncreased attendance at parent meetings, eventsIncrease in staff using language servicesIncrease in services providedThere are still challengesWe have seen a definite increase in parent engagement through using these tools and technologyChallenges:Still want to increase families accessing technologyMore parents participating in school eventsStaff knowing how to use technology and to access services to increase engagementDon’t have staff/resources to do everything we want to do
18Collaboration is key! We try to work with all staff in our district Spreading the word to the communityPartnering and sharing with other districtsNetworking and partnering with community agencies
19Share Out How do you engage parents? Are there any of these strategies or ideas that would be useful?Any strategies or ideas that you do that might be useful to us?What will you take way from what MCPASD is doing, both positive and negative?