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Title: The Power of Partnerships with Parents


1
The Power of Partnerships with Parents
  • Debra Jennings SPAN, Inc. of NJ
  • Peggy OReilly NJ SDE
  • Isabel C. Garcia Parent to Parent of Miami
  • Russ Hammond ID SDE

2
NCLB/IDEA
  • NCLB SEAs must support the collection and
    dissemination of effective parental involvement
    practices to its LEAs and schools.
  • IDEA SEA must establish measurable and rigorous
    targets for indicators established by the
    Secretary

3
Indicator for Family Involvement
  • Percent of parents with a child receiving special
    education services who report that schools
    facilitated parent involvement as a means of
    improving services and results for children with
    disabilities.

4
Parent Involvement - Definition
  • Six types of parent involvement
  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Supporting school
  • Learning at home
  • Decision-making
  • Collaborating with the community

5
NCLB Definition
  • Parent involvement is defined as regular, two-way
    communication.
  • Sec. 1118

6
Key Findings of Parent Involvement Research
  • Impact on Student Achievement
  • Linked to high student achievement
  • Continuity has a protective effect as children
    progress through the education system
  • All families can have a positive influence on
    their childrens learning
  • Activities linked to student learning have a
    greater effect on achievement than more general
    forms of involvement

7
Research on Effective Strategies
  • Successful programs address specific parent and
    community needs
  • Effectively engage diverse families by
    recognizing, respecting and addressing cultural
    and class differences
  • Programs embrace a philosophy of partnership

8
Research on Organizing Parents to Improve Schools
  • Efforts in low-performing schools have
    contributed to changes in policy, resources,
    personnel, school culture and educational
    programs.

9
Recommendations for Practice
  • Recognize that all parents want their children to
    do well.
  • Create programs that will help families guide
    their childrens learning
  • Work with families to build their social and
    political connections
  • Develop of the capacity of school staff to work
    with families and community organizations

10
Recommendations for Practice
  • Link family and community engagement efforts to
    student learning
  • Focus efforts in building trusting respectful
    relationships
  • Embrace a philosophy of partnership and be
    willing to share power with families
  • Build strong connections between schools and
    community organizations

11
Recommendations for Future Research
  • Design and conduct research that is more rigorous
    and focused and that uses culturally sensitive
    and more empowering definitions of parent
    involvement.

12
Research
  • Henderson Berla (1994) Meta-analysis
  • 3 factors influence student achievement
  • Parents create an encouraging learning
    environment
  • Influences achievement more than family income,
    education level, or cultural background
  • Sets high, realistic goals
  • Becomes involved in their childs education
  • Specific programs
  • Teacher practices
  • Welcoming school climate

13
Research
  • Westat and Policy Studies Associates for the U.S.
    Department of Education (2001)
  • Analyzed the relationship between student test
    scores and several variables
  • Outreach to parents of low-performing students,
    was linked to improved student achievement in
    both reading and math
  • Schools that reported a high level of outreach
    to parents scored 40 percent higher than schools
    with reported low levels of outreach.

14
References
  • Education Research Service, Building Family
    School Partnerships, 1999.
  • Harry, Beth, Building Cultural Reciprocity with
    Families Case Studies in Special Education,
  • National PTA, National Standards for
    Parent/Family Involvement Programs, 2004.
  • Henderson, Ann Karen Mapp, A New Wave of
    Evidence The Impact of School, Family and
    Community Connections on Student Achievement,
    2002.

15
Websites
  • http//www.directionservice.org/cadre/parent_famil
    y_involv.cfm
  • http//www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/pubs/pubslist.html
    FSCHead

16
Region 1 Technical Assistance to Parent Centers
  • Serving PTIs and CPRCS in 8 states
  • Connecticut,
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey,
  • New York
  • Rhode Island, and
  • Vermont

17
Goals of Our TA Services
  • To build the organizational capacity of
    OSEP-funded Parent Centers (PTIs CPRCs) through
    direct technical assistance and sharing
    peer-to-peer activities
  • To avoid duplication of efforts energies, in
    order to maximize effectiveness of parent center
    services to families
  • To connect parent Centers to the research and
    products of the broader TA D Networks.

18
Our Services to Centers
  • Include the following
  • On-site technical assistance,
  • Technical assistance via telephone and e-mail
  • Regular conference calls and bulletin boards for
    effective communication between parent centers
  • Annual regional conference
  • Financial support for center-driven capacity
    building activities and
  • A regional database of training materials in
    multiple languages and accessible formats (as
    part of a national database).

19
The Alliance for Parent Centers
  • Six (6) Regional Technical Assistance Centers
  • Region 1 SPAN, NJ - Northeast
  • Region 2 ECAC, NC - Mid-South
  • Region 3 ECAC, NC Southeast, PR VI
  • Region 4 OCEDC, OH - North Central
  • Region 5 PEAK, CO - Mountain
  • Region 6 Matrix, CA Western, Guam AS
  • One (1) National Technical Assistance Center

20
OSEP Funded Parent Centers
  • Serve families with children with disabilities
    (or at-risk of classification for special
    education services)
  • At least one (1) in every state, Puerto Rico,
    Virgin Islands, Guam American Somoa
  • Independent non-profit 501(c)3 organizations

21
Partnership for Access, Equity Outcomes
  • Presented
  • by
  • Debra Jennings, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
  • Peggy Thorpe OReilly, NJ Department of
    Education-OSEP

22
SEA and Parent Center Collaborations in New Jersey
  • Based on
  • State priorities identified in State Improvement
    Planning process
  • Transition
  • Inclusion
  • Parent Involvement

23
Literacy Strategies for Families
  • Goal increase family knowledge of and
    involvement in early literacy practices
  • Districts involved
  • Literacy activities
  • Team planning
  • Examples of implementation
  • Future plans

24
Parent Educator Collaboration in the IEP Process
  • Goal improve parent-educator communication and
    collaboration
  • Evolution of this initiative
  • Products - tools
  • Future plans

25
Inclusion Transition Awareness Activities
  • Goal increase parent knowledge about the
    importance of inclusion in general education
    settings and transition planning in order to
    further implementation of these practices within
    districts

26
Inclusion and Transition Activities
  • Regional mini-conferences on Inclusion
  • New Jerseys vision for inclusion
  • Panel presentations students, families, and
    educators
  • Teleconferences on transition and inclusion
  • Presentation
  • Q A

27
Parent Support Group Initiative
  • Goal increase parent involvement in improving
    services for students with disabilities
  • Activities - expand and create parent support
    groups at the local level
  • Outcomes

28
Collaboration Challenges Strategies
  • Challenge Time and competing priorities
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Face to Face
  • Make a commitment to participate

29
Collaboration Challenges and Strategies
  • Challenge Differing perspectives
  • Relationship building
  • Organization to organization
  • People within the organization
  • Transparency, honesty and trust
  • Learning process

30
Pay-offs
  • T.E.A.M.
  • Resources-Funds of Knowledge
  • About our children
  • About parents we work with
  • About the communities we live and work in
  • About "realities''
  • Rich perspectives for program implementation
    improvement

31

Family Collaboration a Dance of Intimacy
32
PartnershipsThe pulse of the community!
Supporters Collaborators Mentors Confidents
Think Politically Raise the Temperature Look from the Balcony Hold Steady
Inspire Others Who is Receptive to Change Change Generates Resistance Reflect
Evaluate move forward Dreams Journey Sacred Contracts
33
U.S Dept Ed OSEP M-DCPS Cooperative Agreement
  • Six Parent Liaisons
  • ESE Coffee Talks
  • Educational conferences
  • Facilitate informal mediation with school,
    district Access Center personnel/Attend
    Resolution meetings.
  • Review IEP (Individual Education Plan)
  • Transition meeting from the Early Intervention
    Programs
  • Transition to the community
  • Parent Conferences
  • ESOL Presentations
  • Parents as Faculty/The parent perspective

34
Systems Change Feedback
  • Parent Liaison Meeting Observation
  • Report at local councils and task forces
  • Share evaluation results with community leaders
  • Advocate for additional funding supports for
    children with disabilities and their families

35
Encourage the Heart
  • A leadership practice that is essential for all
    partnerships

36
Examples of Parent Involvement from other States
37
IN School, Family, Community Partnerships
  • Indiana formed a collaborative at the State level
    to
  • Promote parent involvement at all levels of
    decision making
  • Develop policies to increase respect for
    diversity
  • Create family friendly environment
  • Result in improved student success
  • Brett E. Bollinger, Ed.D. bebollin_at_indiana.edu

38
GA Parent Mentors
  • Parent out reach and assistance in navigating the
    special education maze, and serves on school
    strategic planning committees.
  • In 60 School systems (30 of districts)
  • The SIG extends this by providing a bi-lingual
    out reach person in a targeted area with a higher
    population of Hispanic students.
  • Patricia Murray Solomon, psolomon_at_doe.k12.ga.us
    404-657-7328

39
LA Family Facilitator
  • Family member of a student with a disability
  • Serves as Goodwill Ambassador for school
    districts
  • Family Leadership Academies trainer
  • Ensure meaningful family participation on every
    School Improvement Team
  • Kay Marcel kamarcel_at_bellsouth.net

40
AL Simple Steps to Improving Reading
  • SIG staff trained the PTI on how to train parents
    to help their children learn to read.
  • Provided Literacy Boxes which contained ideas
    for games and activities to reinforce reading
    skills
  • 1000 parents participated
  • Julie Colley Lowery jlowery_at_alsde.edu

41
KA Family-School-Community Partnership (FSCP)
Curriculum.
  • Designed by the Kansas State Department of
    Education and the Kansas Parent Training
    Information Center, Families Together.
  • Based upon the national PTA standards
  • Presented at public schools and universities
  • Jane Groff jgroff_at_ksde.org

42
FL Family as Faculty
  • Family members of students with disabilities
    address pre-service students on the importance of
    family involvement.
  • Part of the training program at nine universities
    in Florida.
  • Lori Massey lmmassey_at_stpt.usf.edu

43
ID School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • Trained 700 school personnel on the six keys to
    parent involvement.
  • PTI training for parents to support learning to
    read
  • Development of a parent discussion board to share
    ideas and perspectives.
  • Russ Hammond rmhammond_at_sde.idaho.gov

44
Contact Information
  • Isabel Garcia igarcia_at_ptopmiami.org
  • Debra Jennings debra.jennings_at_spannj.org
  • Peggy Thorpe peggy.thorpe_at_doe.state.nj.us
  • Donna Fluke donna.fluke_at_ed.gov
  • To Find the Parent Center(s) in your State
  • www.taalliance.org
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