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1 Forsyth County Schools Title I District Parent Involvement TrainingAugust 17, 2006
2 Parent Involvement Defined The term parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that –Parents plan an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.Other activities as described in section 1118 of NCLBThis definition, in conjunction with other provisions in NCLB, sets the parameters by which SEAs and LEAs and schools must implement policies, programs and procedures related to Title I, Part A Parent Involvement.
3 School, Family, & Community Partnerships: Caring for the Children We Share There are three overlapping spheres of influence that directly affect student learning. With frequent interactions among schools, families and communities, more students are likely to receive common messages from various people about the importance of school, of working hard, of thinking creatively, of helping one another, and of staying in school. There are some practices that schools, family and community conduct separately and some that are conducted jointly to influence a child’s learning and development. Sometimes students are critical to the success of the family, the community or the school. Often, students are the parent’s main source of information about school.
4 What Research SaysPartnerships tend to decline across the grades, unless there is an intentional effort to develop and maintain the partnerships at each grade levelAffluent communities currently have more positive parent involvementSchools in economically depressed communities make more contacts with families about the problems and difficulties the students are havingSingle parents, employed parents, and parents who reside a lengthy distance from the school and fathers are less involved on averageTeachers and administrators would like to involve families at a greater levelStudents at all levels want their families involved and actively participating in communication between the home and the schoolAll research is countered if there is an effort to establish a balance between the spheres of influence
5 Six Types of Parent Involvement Parenting: Help all families establish home environments to support children as studentsCommunicating: Design effective forms of school to home communications about school programs and their children’s progressVolunteering: Recruit and organize parent help and supportLearning at Home: Provide ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions an planningDecision Making: Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders and representativesCollaborating with the Community: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and developmentWhat are your starting points?Identify strengthsIdentify needed changesDetermine expectationsDefine your communityLink you actions to measurable goals
6 Type 1: Parenting Workshops, videotapes, websites Parent education and other courses or training for parents (GED, Adult ESL, family literacy)Family resource center or designated area in the schoolFamily support programs to assist families with health, nutrition, and parentingHome visitsParent Mentor for Special Education/English Language LearnersSchool Annual Title I MeetingGrandparents’ Day, Muffins for Mom, Doughnuts for DadAcademic Open House
7 Type 2: CommunicatingNewsletter with calendar of events sent home and posted onlineTranslations for ELL parentsUse of Translation Resource Persons (TRPs) for conferences and school eventsSchool/Parent CompactParent Involvement Policy- Development, Distribution and FeedbackParent/Teacher ConferencesProgress Reports, Report CardsNCLB Parent Notifications – TransAct Communication & Compliance Center
8 Type 3: VolunteeringVolunteer hours recognized in the school newsletter and at the end of the yearVolunteer tutorsMentorsPTA/PTOParent Support GroupAnnual survey to identify interest, talents, and availability of volunteersUtilize volunteers for phone trees or other structures to provide all families with needed information
9 Type 4: Learning at HomeInformation for families on required skills in all subjects at each gradeInformation on homework policies and how to monitor and discuss schoolwork at homeInformation on how to assist students with skills they need to improveProvide appropriate instructional materials through Learning at Home ToolkitsCalendars with daily or weekly activities for parents and students to do at home or in the communitySummer learning packets or activitiesFamily participation in helping students set academic goals for the year
10 Type 5: Decision Making School policy handbook District task forces Encourage PTA/PTO participationTitle I School/District Parent Advisory CouncilNetworks to link all families with parent representativesSurveys or phone calls to obtain parents’ input and reactions to school policiesSchool policy handbookDistrict task forces
11 Type 6: Collaborating With The Community Information for students and families on community health, cultural, recreational, social support, and other programs and servicesInformation on community activities that link to learning skills and talents, including summer opportunities for studentsSchool-business partnerships to attain school improvement goalsOpen HouseStrategic partnerships to support school readiness and family literacyTutorsMentors
12 SEA Responsibilities Under NCLB Required to involve parents & other stakeholders in the development of their plans for implementing federal lawCollecting and disseminating effective parental involvement practicesTechnical assistance and monitoring of LEAs and schoolsDevelop a state report cardEstablish written procedures for receiving and resolving complaints
13 LEA Responsibilities Under NCLB An LEA receiving a Title I, Part A allocation that exceeds $500,000 must reserve at least one percent of its total Title I, Part A allocation for parental involvementThe LEA in conjunction with the parents of participating Title I, Part A students shall develop a written parental involvement policy which should be included in the CLIP.Provide support and technical assistance to Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to support academic achievement and school improvement.Build capacity of the schools and of the parents for strong parental involvement.Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I, Part A with parental involvement strategies under other programs (Head Start, HIPPY, Georgia Pre-K, and Title III language instructional programs)
14 Parent Notifications Title III Parents Rights Under NCLB English acquisition programInformation on how the LEA will support the IEP or individualized services under Section 504Private schoolsTeacher and Paraprofessional qualificationsPrepare and disseminate an annual report card related to assessment, accountability and teacher qualityThe LEA mus disseminate written procedures for receiving and resolving complaints to parents and to appropriate private school representatives
15 General School Responsibilities Develop a written parental involvement policy jointly with, and agreed upon by, parents of participating studentsNotify parents of the existence of the policy and make the policy available to the communityDevelop jointly with parents a school-parent compactConvene an annual meeting to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I and to explain Title I, its requirements, and their right to be involvedOffer meetings using a flexible scheduleProvide parents timely informationProvide assistance to participating parents on school-related, NCLB and Title I requirements
16 School Responsibilities Continued… Provide parent involvement materials and trainingEducate teachers and other district staff on parental involvementCoordinate and integrate parent involvement programs, activities and strategies with Head Start, Even Start, Migrant, Homeless, Vocational EducationDevelop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activitiesConduct other activities as appropriate and feasible, such as parent resource centersInvolve parents in an ongoing and end of year assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the parent involvement initiatives as a measure of school performance evaluations of the school
17 Building Capacity Section 1118 of NCLB requires 6 actions and 8 recommended actions to ensure effectiveInvolvement of parents and to supportPartners among the school involved,parents and the community to improvestudent achievement.How can schools assist parents in developing their capacity to support their children’s education:Engage them at school so they understand what their children are learningGive them a voice in what happens to their childrenProvide information about how to help their children at home, what their children need to learn, and how to plan for college, postsecondary education and a career.Foster social connections between parents and teachersBuild families understanding of the education system and how to guide their children through it successfullyOffer access to social services and community agenciesIdentify and build on strengths in the community and among families
18 Title I Monitoring Documentation School Parent Involvement Policy has been written and evidence that it is updated periodicallyEvidence that School Parent Involvement Policies have been distributed to all parents of Title I, Part A participating studentsSchool-Parent Compact has been developed and distributed to all parents of Title I, Part A participating studentsEvidence that schools hold an annual meeting to inform participating parents about Title I programsEvidence that the schools have carried out the six requirements to build parents’ capacity to be involved in the schoolsEvidence that the schools have informed parents about the existence of the Parent-Teacher Resource Center
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