Title I Parent and Family Engagement
The board recognizes that parent and family engagement helps students participating in Title I programs achieve academic standards. To promote parent and family engagement, the board adopts the following policy, which describes how the district will involve parents and family members of Title I students in developing and implementing the district’s Title I programs.
Districtwide Parent and Family Engagement
The district will promote parent and family engagement by:
- Involving parents and family members in jointly developing the district’s Title I plan. An annual meeting of parents of participating Title I students, shall be held to explain the goals and purposes of the Title I program. Parents shall be given the opportunity to participate in the design, development, operation and evaluation of the program. Parents shall be encouraged to participate in planning activities, to offer suggestions, and to ask questions regarding policies and programs.
- Providing coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist and build capacity of all participating schools within the district in the planning and implementing of effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
- Conducting, with meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of all Title I schools. At that meeting, the following will be identified:
- Barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities;
- The needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers; and
- Strategies to support successful school and family interactions.
The district will use the findings from the annual evaluation to design evidence-based strategies for more effective parental involvement and revise this policy if necessary.
The district will facilitate removing barriers to parental involvement by: holding meetings at various times of the day and evening and conducting joint parent meetings with other school and district programs and providing information and reports in an understandable format.
- The district will involve parents of Title I students in decisions about how Title I funds reserved for parent and family engagement are spent. The district must use Title I funds reserved for parent and family engagement for at least one of the reasons specified in 20 U.S.C. § 6318(a)(3)(D).
- The district and each district school providing Title I services will support a partnership among schools, parents and the community to improve student academic achievement by:
- Providing assistance to parents of Title I students, as appropriate, in understanding:
- Washington’s challenging academic standards;
- State and local academic assessments, including alternate assessments;
- The requirements of Title I;
- How to monitor their child’s progress; and
- How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
- Providing materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and technology use, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. The district will do this by giving guidance as to how parents can assist at home in the education of their child such as monitoring attendance, participating in decisions related to their child’s education, participating in parent teacher conferences, accessing and implementing tools and strategies to support literacy development and ensuring positive use of extracurricular time.
- Educating teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals other school leaders and other staff with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents and how to:
- Reach out, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners;
- Implement and coordinate parent programs; and
- Build ties between parents and the school.
- Coordinating and integrating parent and family engagement strategies, to the extent feasible and appropriate, with similar strategies used under other programs, such as:
- Head Start;
- Even Start;
- Learning Assistance Program;
- Special education; and
- State-operated preschool programs.
- Ensuring information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.
Information will be shared through parent teacher conferences, email, flyers, websites and school newsletters.
School-Based Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Each school offering Title I services will have a separate parent and family engagement plan, which will be developed with parents and family members of Title I students. Parents and family members will receive notice of their school’s parent and family engagement plan in an understandable and uniform formant and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.
Each school-based policy will describe how each school will:
- Convene an annual meeting at a convenient time, to which all parents of Title I students will be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their schools’ participation under Title I, explain the requirements of Title I and the rights parents have under Title I;
- Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as in the morning or evening;
- Involve parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in the planning, reviewing and improving of Title I programs; and
- Provide parents of Title I students with:
- Timely information about Title I programs;
- A description and explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging state academic standards; and
- If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
Each school-based plan will include a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve state standards. The compact must:
- Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables Title I students to meet Washington’s challenging academic standards and describe the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, volunteering in their child’s classroom, and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, including the positive use of extracurricular time; and
- Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through:
- Annual parent-teacher conferences in schools, during which the compact will be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievements;
- Frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress;
- Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities; and
- Ensuring regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school staff, and, to the extent practicable, in a language family members can understand.
|Legal References:||20 USC 6311 State plans (“Every Student Succeeds Act”)|
|20 USC 6312 Local educational agency plans|
|20 USC 6318 Parent and family engagement|
Adoption Date: 05.10.04
Clover Park School District
Revised: 06.11.12; 05.14.18