The Purpose of this Meeting… The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that each Title I School hold an Annual Meeting of Title I parents for the purpose of… ◦ Informing you of your school’s participation in Title I ◦ Explaining the requirements of Title I ◦ Explaining your rights as parents to be involved
What you will learn… What being a Title I school means. What is the1% Set-Aside for parental involvement? What is the LEA Title I Plan? What is the LEA Parental Involvement Plan? What is a CIP? What is the School-Parent Compact? How to request the qualifications of my child’s teacher(s).
What you will learn… (cont.) How you will be notified if your child is taught by a teacher who is not Highly Qualified. How the Annual Evaluation of the Parental Involvement Plan is conducted. How as a parent, you can be involved in all of these things you’re learning about.
What does it mean to be a Title I School? A Title I School is determined by the economics of the people who live around and in the school community The percentage of free or reduced lunch students determines whether or not a school is eligible to receive the additional money or Title I federal funding Being a Title I school means, a school receives federal funding (Title I dollars) which provide extra help with the school’s existing programs. These dollars are used for… ◦ Students who need extra help to be successful in school. ◦ Hiring additional highly-qualified teachers
What it means to be a Title I School (cont.) Additional training for teachers to maintain and advance their skills to stay current on the national level Buying supplies and materials Adding educational programs that will help students achieve success in school. (For example, get a better understanding of reading, math and other subjects.) Promoting and encouraging parental involvement and informing parents of their rights. Schools will offer free workshops, parent involvement meetings and training that will show how parents can help their children at home and school
What is the 1% set-aside and how are parents involved? The Alabama State Department of Education is required to give a certain amount of money to school systems (LEA’s) with students in Title I Schools. Huntsville City Schools currently has 16 Title I Schools. Huntsville City Schools is required by law to set aside 1% of its Title I portion for parental Involvement. From that amount, 5% of that money stays in the Central Office Federal Programs to be used for the district parental involvement program. The remaining 95% is divided by the total number of students in the Title I schools that are eligible to receive the money.
What is the 1% set-aside and how are parents involved ? (cont.) The amount each school receives for parental involvement is not the same. Parents have the right to participate on the committee that helps to decide how the money will be spent. Parents must be involved in deciding HOW the money is spent. Schools must be able to show HOW the parents were involved in deciding how to spend the parent involvement money. Schools must show HOW the parents were informed of this opportunity.
What is the LEA? L – Local E – Educational A – Agency H untsville C ity S chool D istrict is the LEA
What is the LEA Title I Plan? The LEA Title I Plan shows how the LEA (Huntsville City School District) funds are used. Topics include: ◦ Student academic assessments ◦ Additional assistance provided struggling students ◦ Coordination and integration of federal funds and programs ◦ School programs including migrant, pre-school ◦ Parental Involvement Strategies, including the LEA Parental Involvement Plan
What is the Title I LEA Plan (cont.) As a parent of a child who attends a school that receives Title I funds, you have the right to be on the committee that develops and writes the LEA Title I Plan. That committee is called the Federal Programs Parent Advisory Council. To participate on the committee, contact Mrs. Carol Pope, Federal Programs Coordinator (428-6880), or Kathy Jaekle (428-7994), Parental Involvement Specialist.
What is the LEA Parental Involvement Plan? The LEA Parental Involvement Plan shows how the Huntsville City School District will implement the mandatory parental involvement requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It will show how the district supports the involvement of parents by developing the plan with parents. It includes… How parents have the right by law, to be involved in writing and developing the plan.
What is the LEA Parental Involvement Plan? (cont.) How the LEA will work with the schools to build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement to improve student academic achievement parents have the right to be involved in the development of this plan. parents, have the right to be on the committee that develops and writes the LEA Title I Plan. That committee is called the Federal Programs Parent Advisory Council. Ask how YOU can be a part of the committee.
What’s included in the school’s Parental Involvement Plan? This plan addresses how the school will implement the parental involvement requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Components include… How parents can be involved in decision-making and activities How parental involvement funds are being used How information and training will be provided to parents How the school will build capacity in parents and staff for strong parental involvement Parents, have the right to be involved in the development of the school’s Parental Involvement Plan.
How is the evaluation of the School’s Parental Involvement Plan Conducted? Evaluation Requirements Schools must conduct a yearly evaluation of the school’s Parental Involvement Plan with parents. The purpose is to improve the quality of education students are receiving. The evaluation is conducted to decide if the school’s Plan is effective or not. The schools must recognize the types of barriers that keep parents from becoming involved. Schools must inform parents on how they can become involved in the annual evaluation of their school’s plan.
How is the evaluation of the school’s Parental Involvement Plan Conducted? (cont.) ◦ Schools must look at what types of information was used to gather the information and by whom. For example, District Parent Advisory Council, school parent committees, focus groups and the required parent survey. Explain the process for parents to be involved in the annual evaluation Explain Timeline Explain how the evaluation will affect next school year’s plan
What is the CIP? C = Continuous I = Improvement P = Plan Every Huntsville City School now develops a Continuous Improvement Plan. A CIP is a federal requirement for schools that receive Title I funds.
What is a CIP? (con’t) The CIP is your school’s Continuous Improvement Plan. It will show how the school will establish goals to help students have success in school. The plan will also include: ◦ Information on how well your child is doing based on state testing ◦ Goals and strategies to tackle the educational needs of students ◦ How teachers will receive additional training to strengthen their teaching skills ◦ And it includes the School’s Parental Involvement Plan Parents have the right to be involved in the development of this plan.
What is the School-Parent Compact? It is a commitment between the school, the parent, and the student to share in the responsibility for improved student learning. It serves as a clear reminder of everyone’s responsibility to take action at school and home. Title I Parents, have the right to be involved in the development of the School-Parent Compact. Students (when applicable) can also be involved. The School Parent Compact should be written based on the unique needs of the students, parents and school staff.
What is the School Parent Compact? (cont.) The School -Parent Compact should be reviewed at each parent and teacher conference. The compact provides a way for parents and teachers to communicate in a meaningful way. Parents have the right to be involved in writing the School -Parent Compact. Parents have the right to submit suggestions, write strategies for the School Parent Compact, to review the Compact annually and to revise it as agreed.
Parents-Right-to-Know Parents have the right to know if their child’s teacher is qualified to teach. It means all teachers in (your school) must be highly- qualified in the subject areas they teach. Such as Reading, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Geography, Civics, Government, Economics, History and the Arts.
How do I request the qualifications of my child’s teachers? Parents have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. At the beginning of the school year, parents are informed of their right to request information about their child’s teacher’s qualifications to teach. How does (your school) notify the parents of this right and the process for making such request.
How will I be notified if my child is taught by a teacher who is not Highly Qualified? Parents should know if all the teachers in their child’s school are highly-qualified. If the child’s teacher is not Highly-Qualified, by law, parents must be notified of this in a timely manner. By law, the school is required to send a letter to parents letting them know their child’s teacher does not meet this requirement.
Review Title I is all about….. Student Achievement
School Committees Parents Can Join Parent Advisory Committee The Budget Committee (1% Set-Aside Funds) Review of the LEA’s Parental Involvement Plan Review of the school’s Parental Involvement Plan Review of the school’s Continuous Improvement Plan Review of the School-Parent Compact
Monthly Parent Meetings Meetings are planned monthly to inform and empower parents. They are held at various times during the day and evening. Please consider coming.