Presentation on theme: "Title I Parental Involvement"— Presentation transcript:
1 Title I Parental Involvement Missy Moore, Title I CoordinatorSt. Tammany Parish School System
2 What does research tell us about the Influence of Parent Involvement? When schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not only in school, but throughout life.When families and schools cooperate, the results include:Higher grades and test scoresBetter attendanceMore homework completedHigher graduation rates/greater enrollment in post-secondary educationADD IT UP: Using Research to Improve Education for Low-Income & Minority Students. Poverty & Race Research Action Council (2001)
3 The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent that a student’s family is able to:Create a home environment that encourages learningExpress high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careersBecome involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.Notes from Research: Parent Involvement and Student Achievement.San Diego County Office of Education 1997
4 School Parent Involvement Policy Each Title I funded school must develop and distribute its own written parental involvement policy that includes:Annual meetingOffer a flexible number of meetingsInvolve parents in planning, review and improvement of Title I programsProvide timely information regarding the programsProvide opportunity to submit dissenting views to LEA
5 School Parent Compacts Each Title I funded school must have a compact:developed jointly with parents of the schooldescribes school and parents’ responsibilities.The compact must also address the importance of ongoing communication between teachers and parents. At a minimum:Parent-teacher conferences (at least annually) in elementary school,Frequent reports to parents on their child’ progressReasonable access to staff and school
6 St. Tammany Parish Title I Schools NATIONAL NETWORK OFPartnership SchoolsJOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITYandSt. Tammany Parish Title I Schools
7 School Model The NNPS School Model includes four essential elements: Action Team for PartnershipsFramework of Six Types of InvolvementOne-Year Action Plan for PartnershipsProgram EvaluationResearchers and facilitators at the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University work with the members of NNPS to study the nature and results of involvement. NNPS aims to increase knowledge of new concepts and strategies; use research results to develop tools and materials that will improve policy and practice; provide professional development conferences and workshops; share best practices of parental involvement and community connections; and recognize excellent partnership programs at the school, district, organization, and state levels.
8 What is an Action Team for Partnerships? A team of 5-6 people (teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and others) that work to organize and sustain a program for parental involvementA team that helps to create a welcoming school environment for familiesA team that works to engage families and the community in ways that support student achievement and successAll schools in the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) use an Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) to organize and sustain a program of school, family, and community partnerships. With an ATP, teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and others can work together to connect family and community involvement with school improvement goals. The ATP in each school aims to:Create a welcoming school environment for familiesEngage families and the community in ways that support student achievement and success
9 Six Types of Involvement: Keys to Successful Partnerships ParentingCommunicatingVolunteeringLearning at HomeDecision MakingCollaborating with the CommunityParenting Assist families with parenting skills and setting home conditions to support children as students. Also, assist schools to better understand families.Communicating Conduct effective communications from school-to-home and from home-to-school about school programs and student progress.Volunteering Organize volunteers and audiences to support the school and students. Provide volunteer opportunities in various locations and at various times.Learning at Home Involve families with their children on homework and other curriculum-related activities and decisions.Decision Making Include families as participants in school decisions, and develop parent leaders and representatives.Collaborating with the Community Coordinate resources and services from the community for families, students, and the school, and provide services to the community.
10 One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships Detailed information on activitiesImplementation of all of the Six Types of InvolvementDates, grade levels involved, preparations needed, persons in charge and assisting, and evaluation tools for planned are requiredSchools are asked for detailed information on the activities that the Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) will implement for all of the Six Types of Involvement to reach specific school improvement goals. There are two versions of the One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships that a school's ATP may use or adapt –Form G and Form T.Both formats of the One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships require ATP members to list the dates, grade levels involved, preparations needed, persons in charge and assisting, and evaluation tools to gauge results of the planned activities. Every year, the ATP should obtain reactions to and ideas for the One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships from the School Improvement Team, PTA/PTO, faculty, parents, and others. Templates for the One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships are in the NNPS Handbook and in .pdf form on the CD in the Third Edition which schools will receive once their membership has been processed.
11 Schools proceed step by step using the NNPS Partnership Planner to establish and strengthen partnership programs.Schools will receive the Partnership Planner after membership is processed.
12 What do I need to do?Set meeting dates for Action Team for Partnerships (ATP)Select members for ATPDevelop a One-Year Action Plan forContinue implementing your Action Plan
13 DocumentationSend copies of the following to Lynn Johnson at the Covington Education Center (make sure that you have copies of each on file at your school also):Your school’s parental involvement policyOne-Year Action Team Plan forList of ATP membersList of ATP meeting dates
14 SCHOOL-FAMILY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFULSCHOOL-FAMILY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPSEPSTEIN’S SIX TYPES OF INVOLVEMENTType 1PARENTING: Assist families in understanding child and adolescentdevelopment, and in setting home conditions that support childrenas students at each age and grade level. Assist schools inunderstanding families.COMMUNICATING: Communicate with families about schoolprograms and student progress through effective school-to-homeand home-to-school communications.Type 2Type 3VOLUNTEERING: Improve recruitment, training, work, andschedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at schoolor in other locations to support students and school programs.Type 4LEARNING AT HOME: Involve families with their children inlearning activities at home, including homework, other curriculum-related activities, and individual course and program decisions.DECISION MAKING: Include families as participants in schooldecisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, schoolcouncils, committees, action teams, and other parent organizations.Type 5COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY: Coordinate resourcesand services for students, families, and the school with businesses,agencies, and other groups, and provide services to the community.Type 6
15 Reaching Results for Students Studies show that each type of involvement promotes different kinds of results.Type 1 – ParentingStudents improve when families are provided information on child development and school expectations at each grade level (e.g., to support student health, behavior, attendance).Type 2 – CommunicatingStudents Increase awareness of their own progress in subjects and skills when teachers, students, and parents communicate about classwork.Type 3 – VolunteeringStudents gain academic skills that are tutored or taught by volunteers.Type 4 – Learning At HomeStudents complete more homework in specific subjects when teachers guide parents in how to interact on assignments.Type 5 – Decision MakingStudents benefit from policies and projects conducted and supported by parent organizations and partnership teams.Type 6 – Collaborating withthe CommunityStudents gain skills and talents in curricular, extra-curricular, and afterschool projects with community partners.EACH TYPE of involvement also can strengthen SPECIFIC RESULTS
16 Sample: How School Improvement Goals are Linked to a One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships Improve student achievement in reading – PAGE 1Family Reading NightWeekly interactive homework in reading and writingParent/community volunteer book buddies and book talksImprove student achievement in mathematics – PAGE 2Family Math NightAfter-school tutoring program in mathPTA fundraiser for computer softwareIncrease student attendance rates – PAGE 3Family volunteers to phone parents of absenteesAttendance and lateness policies in newsletter and Web siteFamily dinner with principal for improved attendanceStrengthen the climate of partnerships – PAGE 4Reformat the newsletter and Web site to be family-friendlyTeachers’ walks in students’ neighborhoods or home visitsWelcome back picnic before school starts in the fall
19 COMPLETE A FINAL COPY OF THE ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN FOR PARTNERSHIPS YOUR ATP’s NEXT STEPS ?COMPLETE A FINAL COPY OF THEONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN FOR PARTNERSHIPS1. SHARE THE DRAFT and gather input from teachers, parents,the School Council, and others at school.MAKE FINAL REVISIONS on a paper or electronic copy.3. PUBLICIZE THE FINAL PLAN in the schoolnewsletter, on the Web site, at the next Open HouseNight, and in other ways.4. GIVE COPIES TO ALL ATP MEMBERS and to thedistrict facilitator who will assist your team.