Parent School Partnerships
Many years of research show that involved families and the community contributes to children’s academic and social success. The evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.
· Students whose families are involved in their learning earn better grades, enroll in higher-level programs, have higher graduation rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.
· When families take an active interest in what they’re learning, students display more positive attitudes toward school and behave better both in and out of school.
· Children do best if parents can play a variety of roles in their learning: helping at home, volunteering at school, planning their children’s future, and taking part in key decisions about the school program.
· Middle and high school students whose families remain involved in these ways make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, develop realistic plans for the future, and are less likely to drop out.
· Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when families and school staff join forces to bridge the gap between home and school cultures.
“Beyond the Bake Sale; The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships”
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN TITLE I FAMILY EVENTS
· Attend family events
· Sign up to be on the parent committee
· Help to write the Parent/School Compact
· Volunteer in the Title I classrooms
· Commit time at home to facilitate the suggested academic activities with your child.
· Help develop the Parent Involvement Plan
Title I holds three major events throughout the school year. See “Upcoming Events” in the web-site.
Parents are asked to attend a meeting in the late Fall to discuss the many aspects of title I and to develop the Parent/School Compact. This is a Parent only meeting where parents gather to discuss Federal Regulations and to develop the Parent/School Compacts.
The Winter is for Title I families and typically consists of a games and presenter of some kind. Past winter gatherings have included: storytellers, authors, magicians, etc. All of Title I guests and/or activities are focused around academic performance. All families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the fun.
The Spring Title I event is offered to all families. With the weather improving, families are typically anxious to get out and enjoy a good time. The spring event typically consists of academic games and activities. Prizes are a common part of the fun. Again, all families are encouraged to join the fun.
· To provide for parental participation in the Title I program
· To provide a liaison (or contact) for other parents
Responsibilities of Committee Members:
· To learn about and be informed about Title I
· To make recommendations for the Title I project
· To attend at least one meeting per year
· To be a contact person for other parents
· To review the Title I evaluation and application
· To monitor state and federal regulations
· Be an adult resident of I.S.D. #911 or on the Title 1 staff
· Be interested and concerned about the Title I program
· Have a minimum of one meeting per school year, three is suggested. Three is what Cambridge Isanti Schools would like hold.
· Items on the agenda must include discussion of the Title I application and evaluation, selection of students and parent notification, reporting of child’s progress, sharing of ideas about helping children at home, giving timely information concerning the Title 1 program.
Schools receiving Title I funds are required under Section 1118(d) of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to develop a parent/teacher compact, jointly with parents. The NCLB states that in elementary schools, at least annually, there shall be a scheduled parent/teacher conference to discuss the compact as it relates to the child’s achievement. The compact and parent/teacher conference is a component mentioned the school’s parent involvement policy/procedures.
CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED COMPONENTS
1) Describes the school’s responsibility to provide a high quality curriculum and instruction
in a supportive and effective learning environment.
2) Describes ways a parent can participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the
education of their child such as serving on the school site council, PTA, Title I parent
3) Addresses the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an
ongoing basis through a minimum of
* Annual parent/teacher conference to review compact.
* Reasonable access to staff
* Opportunities to volunteer, participate in classroom activities, and observe
4) Describe ways the parent can be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, such as
how they can monitor their child’s homework, attendance, television watching
Optional parent/teacher compact components:
* Identify ways the student can be responsible for their academic success.
* Be specific and grade level appropriate.
PARENTS AS VOLUNTEERS:
Title I classrooms are always happy to have parents as volunteers. There are many things that parents can do to be helpful. Schedules are flexible. If you are interested in being a volunteer in the Title I program please contact the Title I teacher from your child’s perspective buildings.
WORKING AT HOME WITH YOUR CHILD
· Monitor homework
· Listen and read to your child
· Provide learning activities
· Set aside at least 15 minutes a day to work with your child
· Read to your child everyday
· Continually create mental math problems for your child to solve – in the car, while eating dinner, cooking, etc.
PARENT INVOLVMENT PLAN:
All school district (LEAs) receiving Title I funds are required under Section 1118(a) (2) of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to develop a written parent involvement plan for the school district that establishes the district’s expectations and specifically describes how the district will meet the require components of the document. The NCLB states that the district parent involvement plan must be jointly developed with parents, incorporated into the Local Education Agency (LEA) plan and distributed to parents of participating children, to the extent practicable in
a format and language parents can understand.
CHECKLIST OF EXPECTATIONS
1. The parent involvement plan states that the district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I programs. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
2. The parent involvement plan states that the district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parent involvement plan meet the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a schoolparent compact.
3. The parent involvement plan states that the district will incorporate this district-wide parent involvement plan into its district plan.
4. In carrying out the Title I parent involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the District name and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
5. The parent involvement plan states that if district plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to Minnesota Department of Education.
6. The parent involvement plan states that the district will involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I funds reserved for parent involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools. (Only applicable for districts with Title I allocations greater than $500,000.)
7. Districts that receive less than $500,000 must carry out the requirements of parent involvement under NCLB, but they aren’t required to reserve any specific amount from their Title I, Part A allocation to do so.
8. The parent involvement plan states that the district will inform parents and parent organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parent Information and Resource Center in Minnesota (i.e., Minnesota Parent Center, Bloomington, MN).
CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED COMPONENTS
1) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA involves parents in the joint development of the district parent involvement policy/procedures and Title I Plan under section 1112 (ESEA Application).
2) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA provides coordination, technical assistance and support to schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
3) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA builds the schools’ and parents’ capacity for parent involvement and described in Section 1118(e).
3.1) The Policy/Procedures states how it will assist parents of the children being served in understanding state standards, district and school assessments, and how to monitor a child’s progress.
3.2) The parent involvement plan states how it will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children.
3.3) The parent involvement plan states how it will 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 parents and the school.
3.4) The parent involvement plan states how it will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and to the extent practicable in a language the parents can understand.
3.5) The parent involvement plan states how it will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities.
4) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA coordinates Title I parent involvement activities with other agency parental involvement activities that encourage & support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. Such as Head Start program, Reading First program, Early Reading First program, Even Start program, Parents as Teachers program, and Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, and state-run preschool programs,
5) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA conducts with parents an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the school and what the barriers are to parental participation that needs to be addressed and use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for school improvement and to revise parent involvement policy/procedures as necessary.
6) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA involves parents in the activities of the schools served under this part.
7) The parent involvement plan states how the LEA involves parents in the process of school review and improvement under Section 1116 of NCLB ( if applicable )
Optional district parent involvement plan components:
· involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training
· providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training
· paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions
· training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents
· in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education, arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school
· adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parent involvement
· establishing a district wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs
· developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parent involvement activities