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Title: DEVELOPING PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICIES and PARENT/SCHOOL COMPACTS


1
DEVELOPING PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICIES and
PARENT/SCHOOL COMPACTS
  • Title I
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Section 1118

2
DEVELOPING PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICIES
  • Title I
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Section 1118

3
What is Title I?
  • Title I is the largest federally funded education
    program.
  • 420 million for Pennsylvania schools.
  • Title I provides extra help to low achieving
    students in reading and math.
  • The goal is to help low achieving students catch
    up and keep up.

4
Why Parent Involvement is Important
  • Research over 25 years has been consistent.
  • When parents are involved -- regardless of income
    level or background children do better in
    school.
  • Increased attendance
  • Lower drop out rate
  • Better test scores
  • Fewer discipline problems
  • Higher college attendance rates

5
NCLB Definition of Parent Involvement
  • NCLB defines parental involvement as the
    participation of parents in regular, two-way, and
    meaningful communication involving student
    academic learning and other school activities,
    including ensuring
  • that parents play an integral role in assisting
    their childs learning
  • that parents are encouraged to be actively
    involved in their childs education at school
  • that parents are full partners in their childs
    education and are included, as appropriate, in
    decision-making and on advisory committees to
    assist in the education of their child and
  • that other activities are carried out, such as
    those described in section 1118 of NCLB (Parental
    Involvement).

6
Our Parent Survey
  • of parents who responded
  • Summary of Results
  • Identify areas of weakness or concern
  • Ideas to address the areas of concern

7
Review Current Policy
  • Is it understandable?
  • Review each section and update as necessary.

8
School Policies Must Include
  • A description of how parents of Title I students
    are involved in the planning and evaluation of
    the schools Title I program
  • Discussion Questions
  • What are we currently doing to involve parents in
    the planning and evaluation of our Title I
    program?
  • Is it effective?
  • What can we do to make it better.
  • Tips Be sure to include a timeline of when
    planning and evaluation meetings occur in the
    school, how parents will be informed/invited,
    etc.

9
School Policies Must Include
  • An assurance that an annual meeting will be held
    to inform parents of the school's participation
    in the Title I program and to explain the
    requirements of the program and their right to be
    involved.
  • Guiding Questions
  • Are parents aware of the Title I meeting?
  • Is the meeting held at a time/place convenient to
    parents? (See survey results.)
  • What can we do/change to make it easier for
    parents to attend or to bring it to the attention
    of parents?
  • Tips Include the timeline of the annual meeting
    in the policy as well as a summary of what will
    be discussed.

10
School Policies Must Include
  • An assurance that parent activities will be held
    at a variety of times throughout the day to meet
    the needs of Title I parents.
  • Discussion
  • What do the survey results say are the best times
    for parents to attend meetings?
  • Is there a more effective way to hold workshops
    that would make it possible for more parents to
    attend?

11
School Policies Must Include
  • A statement that describes, if determined to be
    appropriate, how Title I funds will be used to
    pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated
    with parent involvement activities, such as
    transportation, childcare, or home visit expenses
    to enable parents to participate in
    school-related meetings and training sessions.
  • Tip This section is added for schools to
    examine ways to break down barriers that exist
    that prevent parents from attending school
    related meetings. Use the data you collected
    through your parent survey to determine if any of
    these options can help.
  • Funds from the parent involvement set-aside can
    be used to fund any of these options.

12
School Policies Must Include
  • A statement that the school will provide, 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 such suggestions as soon as
    practicably possible.
  • Tip Define practicably possible come to
    consensus on an acceptable timeframe to respond
    to suggestions from parents.

13
School Policies Must Include
  • How the school will provide parents of
    participating children with timely information
    about the Title I program.
  • Discussion Questions
  • How often should parents be provided updates
    about their childs progress in Title I?
  • What methods will be used to provide the
    information to parents? Website, email,
    newsletters, letters sent home?

14
School Policies Must Include
  • How the school will provide assistance to parents
    in understanding the State's academic content
    standards and student achievement standards,
    local academic assessments and how to monitor a
    child's progress and work with teachers to
    improve the achievement of their children.
  • Tip Use this section to describe HOW the
    schools will do these things. Maybe a fact sheet
    on understanding the State academic standards and
    local assessments would be helpful maybe
    workshops or training sessions would be best to
    teach parents how to monitor a childs progress
    maybe meetings with teachers or teachers
    providing training to parents would help with
    improving the achievement of children.

15
A School Policy Must Include
  • A statement that a school-parent compact was
    jointly developed with parents and the compact
    outlines how parents, the entire school staff and
    students will share in the responsibility for
    improved student achievement.
  • Tip Include in this section a description of
    how parents can be involved in updating the
    school/parent compacts each year.

16
School Policies Must Include
  • A description of how the school will provide
    materials and training to help parents to work
    with their children to improve their children's
    achievement, such as literacy training and using
    technology, as appropriate, to foster parent
    involvement.
  • Discussion Questions
  • What is the best way to provide these items to
    parents? Workshops, training sessions,
    conferences?
  • What areas do parents need the most training in?
  • Should the workshops be held multiple times?

17
And, if appropriate
  • A description of how the school involves parents
    in the joint development of the Schoolwide
    Program Plan. (Applies only to Title I schools
    operating a Schoolwide Program.)
  • A description of how the school involves parents
    in the joint development of the School
    Improvement Plan. (Applies only to Title I
    schools identified for School Improvement.)

18
Optional Items
  • Ways for parents to be involved in developing
    school policies (school improvement teams,
    schoolwide teams).
  • A summary of the district parent involvement
    policy.
  • Incentives for parents to be involved.

19
DISTRIBUTING THE POLICY
  • Moves the Policy from a Planning Document to an
    Action Document
  • Get the Word Out!
  • School Newsletter
  • Weekly Lunch Menus
  • Web Sites
  • Email
  • Listserv
  • Schools Voice Mail System
  • Mailing
  • Local Newspaper
  • Community Events
  • Special School Events

20
EVALUATING THE RESULTS
  • Schools are required to review the policies each
    year to determine if they are effective and to
    make changes, if needed
  • Parents must be involved
  • Need to know more than whether it is in place
  • Need to know whats working and whats not

21
Resources
  • SPAC Parent Involvement Toolkit
  • www.SPAC.k12.pa.us
  • US Department of Education
  • www.ed.gov
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Title I Legislation
  • (Section 1118 Parent Policy)
  • Project Appleseed (National Campaign for Public
    School Improvement
  • www.projectappleseed.org
  • PA Academic Standards
  • PA Department of Education
  • www.pde.state.pa.us

22
Questions
23
Congratulations!
  • Youve completed the update of your parent
    policy.
  • For further information on ways to increase
    parent involvement in your school
  • www.spac.k12.pa.us (State Parent Advisory
    Council website)
  • www.ed.gov (USDE Website)

24
AN AGREEMENT FOR SUCCESS Title I Parent/School
Compacts
25
Compacts Definition
TITLE I SECTION 1118
  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC
    ACHIEVEMENT.
  • As a component of the school-level parental
    involvement policy developed each school served
    under this part shall jointly develop with
    parents for all children served under this part 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 the States high standards.

26
What needs to be included?
  • describe the schools responsibility to provide
    high quality
  • curriculum and instruction in a supportive and
    effective
  • learning environment that enables the children
    served under
  • this part to meet the States student academic
    achievement
  • standards,
  • and the ways in which each parent will be
    responsible
  • for supporting their childrens learning, such as
    monitoring
  • attendance, homework completion, and television
    watching
  • volunteering in their childs classroom and
    participating, as
  • appropriate, in decisions relating to the
    education of their
  • children and positive use of extracurricular
    time.

27
In Simpler Terms
  • Compacts are a job description that defines the
    jobs of the school, the parents (and sometimes
    the student) in order to ensure that the student
    receives and achieves the best possible education.

28
Purpose of Compacts
  • Process vs. Outcome
  • Link (process) activities of school/staff,
    parents and children to (outcome) student
    learning and achievement
  • Open Communication
  • Parents can understand the school system better
  • Teachers can understand the needs of parents
    better
  • Students can understand their responsibilities
  • Creating a team to support every student.

29
TEAM EDUCATION
Teacher
School
Principal
Title I
Aides
Student
Community Agencies
PDE
Parent
30
STARTING LINEUP
  • Team EDUCATION

School
Parents
Teachers
Student
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CREATING A COMPACT TEAM
Who Should Be Included?
  • Parents (required)
  • Teachers (required)
  • Optional
  • Students
  • Administrators
  • Community Members
  • Libraries
  • Businesses
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Community Organizations

32
GETTING STARTED
Understanding the Challenges Facing Education
Today
  • ESEA/NCLB Goal
  • All Students at Proficient or Advanced on the PA
    System of School Assessment (PSSA) by 2014
  • Issues currently facing our school
  • Issues currently facing our parents
  • Issues currently facing our community

33
Goals for Educating our Children
  • Discussion Questions
  • Parents What do you want for your child as they
    go through school?
  • Parents What goals do you have for your child
    after they graduate?
  • Teachers What do you want for your students as
    they go through your classroom this year?
  • Teachers What do you want for their future?

34
What Do We Expect From Each Other?
  • All parents and teachers want to ensure that
    every child is
  • Healthy
  • Safe
  • Engaged in Learning
  • Supported by Caring Adults
  • Exposed to a Challenging Curriculum (includes
    arts, music and other essential courses)
  • From www.WholeChildEducation.org

35
DEVELOPING OUR COMPACT
  • Compacts are required to address three areas for
    families and the school to work together
  • Student learning and high achievement
  • Effective and frequent communication between
    school and home and
  • Building capacity for the family/school
    partnership through volunteering and training.

36
Student Learning High Achievement
  • Discussion Questions
  • What does our current compact include to address
    student learning and high achievement?
  • Parents
  • What do you see happening in your childs school
    and/or classroom to support this topic?
  • What can parents do at home and school to help
    students achieve?
  • Are there any other things we can add to the
    compact?

37
Student Learning High Achievement
  • Discussion Questions
  • School
  • What can teacher/school do at school to help
    students achieve?
  • What are the teacher/school responsibilities in
    the compact?
  • Are there any other things we can add to the
    compact?

38
Student Learning and High Achievement
  • Suggestions for Compact
  • Schools responsibility includes offering a
    rigorous and challenging academic program be
    specific in what your school offers here, and
    making sure every student gets help as soon as
    its needed.
  • School agrees to provide training for parents on
    ways to help them help their children at home,
    and to send home materials they can use.
  • Parents agree to monitor homework completion, and
    to help their child see how to use reading and
    math to pursue interests and goals.
  • Parents agree to support learning at home by
    reading with their children every night, and
    using the materials the school sends home weekly
    or whatever is agreed upon at this meeting

39
Effective and Frequent Communication Between
Home/School
  • Discussion Questions
  • What does our current compact include that
    relates to communication between the home and
    school?
  • Parents What do you see happening in your
    childs classroom to support this?
  • Teachers/School What do you see happening from
    parents to support communication?
  • Define effective communication.
  • Define frequent communication.
  • Are those definitions reflected in the current
    compact?
  • Is it enough? Do the parents feel that they are
    kept in the loop of their childs progress in
    school? Do teachers feel that they are getting
    enough parent support?

40
Effective and Frequent Communication Between
Home/School
  • Suggestions for Compact
  • School agrees to communicate frequently (define
    frequently) with families about student progress
    through agreed upon methods i.e., email, phone
    calls, newsletters, etc..
  • Teachers agree to build a relationship with every
    family in their class, and to keep families
    informed of their childrens progress and needs
    in each subject.
  • Parents agree to monitor childs progress,
    contact the teacher with questions, and let the
    teacher know right away if their child has any
    problems.

41
Building Capacity through Volunteering and
Training
  • Discussion Questions
  • Identify activities that parents could volunteer
    for or be trained to help their children do
    better in school.
  • Are there opportunities for parents to be
    involved at a governance level at this school?
    How and what?
  • How can we get more parents involved? What are
    the barriers? How are we eliminating them?

42
Building Capacity through Volunteering and
Training
  • Suggestions for Compact
  • School agrees to involve parents in school
    governance by..
  • Teachers will train parents on these strategies
    to help their children do better in school
  • Parents agree to volunteer at least ___ hours a
    year at the school.

43
USING THE COMPACT
  • Moves the Compact from a Planning Document to an
    Action Document
  • Get the Word Out!
  • School Newsletter
  • Weekly Lunch Menus
  • Web Sites
  • Email
  • Listserv
  • Schools Voice Mail System
  • Mailing
  • Local Newspaper
  • Community Events
  • Special School Events

44
USING THE COMPACT
  • Use the Compact in All Parts of Your School
    Program
  • DISCUSS STUDENT PROGRESS AT PARENT-TEACHER
    CONFERENCES (required by NCLB)
  • Help launch programs for family involvement
  • Support training for teachers and other staff to
    work with families
  • Complement School Improvement Plans
  • Help partners discuss their responsibilities in
    meeting the goals of the school

45
EVALUATING THE RESULTS
How do you know whether or not your compact is
working?
  • Schools are required to review the compacts each
    year to determine if they are effective and to
    make changes, if needed
  • Parents must be involved
  • Need to know more than whether it is in place
  • Need to know whats working and whats not

46
Resources
  • SPAC Parent Involvement Toolkit
  • www.SPAC.k12.pa.us
  • US Department of Education
  • www.ed.gov
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Title I Legislation
  • (Section 1118 Compacts)
  • Project Appleseed (National Campaign for Public
    School Improvement
  • www.projectappleseed.org
  • PA Academic Standards
  • PA Department of Education
  • www.pde.state.pa.us

47
Questions
48
Congratulations!
  • Youve completed the update of your parent/school
    compact.
  • For further information on ways to increase
    parent involvement in your school
  • www.spac.k12.pa.us (State Parent Advisory
    Council website)
  • www.ed.gov (USDE Website)
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