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					    Family Empowerment Handbook
                            Louisiana State Improvement Grant 2

                                         Table of Contents


I. Overview - Purpose & Planning…………..…………...pp 3 - 4

II. Curriculum Areas…………………………………….pp 5 - 18
Leadership Development
Effective Communication/Negotiation..……………………….…………………………………...6
Team Building……………………………………………………………………………………...7
Conflict Resolution…………………………………………………………………………………8
Organizing strategies for change/Systems Change Advocacy………..……………………………9
School Improvement
Louisiana’s Accountability System……………………………………………………………….10
Data-Based Decision Making……………………………………………………...………….......11
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/IDEA…………………………………………………………….12
Inclusion……………………………………………………………………………...……….......13
Family Engagement……………………………………………………………………………….14
School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)……………………………………………….15
Disproportionality…………………………………………………………………………………16
Improvement Plans (District/School)…………………………………………………...................17
High Stakes Testing/Test Preparation……………………………………………………………..18


III. Appendix A - Contact Information………………...pp 19 - 29
Presenters for Family Empowerment Sessions..…………………………………….…….……20-23
Louisiana Region Education Service Centers (RESC)..…………………………………..…….24-25
People First Chapters and contact information…………………………….…………..…..……26-27
Presenters by Consumers……………………..…………………………………………….………28
Families Helping Families Resource Centers Directory…………………….……….…….…….…29


IV. Appendix B – Resources……………………………..pp 30 - 43
Expectations of Family Empowerment Sessions…………………………………………..………..31
Guidelines for spending Family Empowerment funds…………………………………...………….32
Example Overview of Family Empowerment Sessions………………………………..……………33
Example surveys…………………………………………………………………….………………34
Example flyers, newspaper articles, etc…………………………………………..…………….35 - 39
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Planning Template………………………………………………………………..……………..40 – 42
Glossary of Abbreviations…………………………………………………………………….…….43


V. Appendix C – Forms…………………………….…….pp 44 - 52
 Session Checklist………………………………………………………………………………….45
 Academy application (English and Spanish)………………………………………………..…46-47
 Sign-in sheet……………………………………………………………………………………….48
 Family Empowerment Session Evaluation………………………………………………………..49
 Overall Evaluation Summary………………………………………………………………..…50-51
 Stipend forms……………………………………………………………………………………....52




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                           Family Empowerment Sessions
                           Overview – Purpose & Planning

What is the purpose of the Family Empowerment Sessions?
The goal of these sessions is to inform and empower family members who will engage effectively with
district and school personnel in the development and implementation of school improvement initiatives
and achievement for ALL students.

Target audiences for the Family Empowerment Sessions:
              1st - Family members (caregivers) of students with disabilities

              2nd – Family members of students without disabilities

               Note: Additional stakeholders may be invited (district/school personnel, community
               members, family resource center staff, etc.)

Curriculum:
This handbook includes suggested topics and modules for those topics. The topics for the sessions held
in your district should be identified and planned collaboratively with key district/school personnel and
families to ensure relevance and effectiveness.

Suggested time frame to plan and conduct sessions:
              Sessions should total at least 15 – 20 hours. Sessions can vary in length depending on the
               time needed to adequately cover the topic(s) covered in a session.

              The day of the week, time of day, and length of sessions depends on the needs of the
               families in your community (Appendix B for examples of surveys)

              The sessions should be scheduled throughout the school year to provide ongoing
               professional development.
               (suggested months are mid to end of September, October, beginning to mid November,
               mid to end of January, February, March/April with consideration for LEAP testing)

              Relate the topic of the session to the most appropriate month in the schedule; for
               example, January - standardized test strategies.



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Strategies for recruiting families:
              Send home flyers/information with students

              Place information on websites (district/school, FHF center, LaSIG2 website, etc.)

              Place information in newsletters (district/school, family resource, etc.)

              Place information in local newspapers

              Share information at district/school function (Open House, ball game, orientation
               program, etc.)

              Post information within the community (childcare centers, libraries, etc.) and local
               churches

              Work with the school (parent liaisons, special education teachers, etc.) to share the
               information with families of SWD at IEP meetings, etc.

              Provide information about the sessions to other family resource center staff for including
               in their workshops, presentations, etc.

              Ask families to disseminate flyers about the sessions and the applications

              Make personal phone calls



Strategies for planning Family Empowerment Sessions:
      Start planning early

      Use a variety of ways to communicate about the sessions

      Create a timeline to plan sessions

      Secure presenters early and touch base with them at least a week before the event

      Collaborate with schools, district, and site liaison

      Invite graduates of past academies to assist and present in sessions

      Ask schools and districts to share examples of session topics with families

      Invite consumers to assist, participate, and present in sessions


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                Family Empowerment Curriculum Areas


Leadership Development
Effective Communication/Negotiation..……………………….………………………...6
Team Building…………………………………………………………………………...7
Conflict Resolution………………………………………………………………………8
Organizing strategies for change/Systems Change Advocacy………..…………………9



School Improvement
Louisiana’s Accountability System……………………………………………………..10
Data-Based Decision Making……………………………………………………...……11
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/IDEA…………………………………………………..12
Inclusion……………………………………………………………………………...….13
Family Engagement……………………………………………………………………..14
School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)……………………………………..15
Disproportionality……………………………………………………………………….16
Improvement Plans (District/School)…………………………………………………....17
High Stakes Testing/Test Preparation…………………………………………………...18




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                                  Effective Communication/Negotiations

Description
This module focuses on effective communication skills and the impact it can have on the relationship
between parents/caregivers and the Local Education Agency (LEA). Information presented will consist
of factors involved in effective communication; various methods of communication and when to use
them; and how meetings can be used effectively. In addition, participants will be exposed to hands-on
activities to assess their communication needs.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

       Define effective communication and its role in providing quality services

       Understand and identify personal strengths and weaknesses in terms of communication

       Examine and develop a range of key skills that empower individuals and make them more
        effective communicators.


Time Frame Fall                          Length of Session 2 hours – 2 days


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)
Ted Quant and Dr. Micheal Kane

Resources
Communication and Conflict (http://www.communicationandconflict.com/) presents different approaches in
helping people understand how they think and feel about their form of communication and conflict.

Effective Communication Skills (http://spot.pcc.edu/~rjacobs/career/effective_communication_skills.htm)
provides a self-assessment exercise designed to help one evaluate their interpersonal communication skills and
style.

Office of Civil Rights (www.hhs.gov/ocr/pregrant/attachb.html) is about how to establish effective
communication procedures for persons with limited English proficiency and for persons with impaired hearing.

Communication Connects (www.communicationconnects.com/parent.htm) is dedicated to providing practical,
useable information for speech/language pathologists, educators, and parents. The website offers easily
understood information about communication disorders.




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                                               Team Building

Description
This module focuses on importance of a team in educating ALL students. This team includes a variety
of stakeholders (school level staff (administrators, educators, support staff, etc.), district level staff,
family members, community members, students, and others). The success of this TEAM depends on the
relationships built by all stakeholders creating a partnership between all. The participants will be
exposed to hands-on activities on team building strategies and activities.


Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Understand the importance and outcomes of a team approach

      Explain the family member’s role in this team

      Create strategies of an effective team


Time Frame Fall                          Length of Session 2 – 6 hours


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)


Resources
Critical Issue: Building a Committed Team
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educatrs/leadrshp/le200.htm

Twelve Tips of Team Building: How to Build Successful Work Teams
http://humanresources.about.com/od/involvementteams/a/twelve_tip_team_2.htm

WorldWideLearn (http://www.worldwidelearn.com/business-course/team-building-training.htm) is a
Team Building Training Course




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                                             Conflict Resolution

Description
This module is aimed to equip parents/caregivers with some basic skills in conflict resolution. Parents
will gain an understanding of the basic principles of conflict resolution, and learn tactics and strategies
when faced with dilemmas. In addition, participants will have active participation in a variety of
training methods such as role playing and analysis of case studies.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

       Defuse a difficult situation and learn how to reach an agreement

       Understand and identify their personal strengths and weaknesses for conflict resolution

       Recognize skills such as teamwork, problem solving and decision making



Time Frame Fall                          Length of Session 2 hours – 2 days


Suggested Presenters (See Appendix A)
Ted Quant and Dr. Micheal Kane
Summer Whitmore

Resources
Communication and Conflict (http://www.communicationandconflict.com/) presents different approaches in
helping people understand how they think and feel about their form of communication and conflict.

Interpersonal Relationships and Conflict Resolution (http://www.ic.org/nica/Process/Relation.html) presents
ideas for handling conflict within a group.

World of Speech (http://www.worldofspeech.com/speech1/habits.html) list the ten worst listening habits among
individuals

CRInfo - The Conflict Resolution Information Source (www.crinfo.org/) links to internet resources, and
information about publications and organizations, on conflict resolution.

The Association for Conflict Resolution (http://www.acrnet.org/ )is a professional organization dedicated to
enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

Conflict Resolution (http://www.upenn.edu/fsap/conflict.htm ) presents a wonderful handout on How to Fight
Fair So That Everyone Wins.




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                          Systems Change Advocacy/Organizational Change

Description
Information presented in this module will equip individuals with knowledge about specific strategies
that can bring about changes in practices and policies of programs as well as the skills to use those
strategies to bring about more effective educational programs and practices. Information will include a
historical perspective of how citizen advocacy has brought about reforms and changes in organizations.

Time Frame Fall or Spring                   Length of Session 1 – 2 days

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Understand the critical role that families and community members play in bringing about
       reforms in education and other public programs.
      Identify organizational strategies to build a grassroots coalition of advocates around a common
       purpose
      Understand the impact personal stories have on public officials
      Prepare and present information to public officials in effective formats


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)
Jim Comstock-Galagan
Kay Marcel


Resources
Institute for Sustainable Communities (http://tools.iscvt.org/advocacy/craft_campaign/flexible_frame)
is a website with resources and tools for planning and carrying out strategies for change

CASAnet (http://www.casanet.org/library/advocacy/some.htm) is an article outlining 8 specific
advocacy strategies

Power point on developing an advocacy strategy
(http://www.internationalbudget.org/UgandaPresentations/Jim_Shultz--
Strategy%20&%20Lobbying.ppt)




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                                     Louisiana’s School Accountability



Description
Louisiana’s School Accountability System aims for continuous improvement in student achievement,
attendance, and dropouts. This system is based upon two principles: rewarding schools that grow
academically and assisting schools and students who need help. This module will provide a detail
description on how schools must show improvement in the School Performance Scores by meeting a
growth target. Growth targets represent the amount of progress a school must make every year to reach
the state’s SPS goal of 120 by the year 2014.


Time Frame Fall                          Length of Session 2 hours – 2 days



Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Understand accountability policy for districts and schools
      Review all data elements that contribute to the calculation of School Performance Score and
       growth targets



Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)



Resources
Louisiana Department of Education (http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/saa/2343.html ) provides detail
information on BESE policies, and district/school accountability results.

LDE Accountability (http://www.doe.state.la.us/LDE/saa/2612.asp) is a section of the LDE website
with school and district report cards and data reports.




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                                         Data-Based Decision Making

Description
This module focuses on the importance of data in driving decision made by schools, districts, and state
educational system. Academic, behavior, placement, engagement, and other educational decisions need
to be made based on data and a variety of data sources. Data is more than a number, it is important to
look beyond the number to a make good, best-practice, research-based decisions for ALL students.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Understand the importance of data.

      Explain how data is used by schools and districts to make educational decisions.

      Understand how family members can be involved in data-based decision making.


Time Frame Fall/Spring                         Length of Session 1 – 2 hours


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)



Resources
Data-Based Decision Making - Resource for Educators (http://www.ael.org/dbdm/)

IDEA Data Website (https://www.ideadata.org/index.html) provides public access to the more recent data about
children with disabilities served under IDEA

Council of Chief State School Officers
(http://www.ccsso.org/projects/scass/Projects/Comprehensive_Assessment_Systems_for_ESEA_Title_I/3136.cfm) is a
website with resources for educators on data-based decision making.




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     Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)

Description
In order to be effective when advocating for their child’s education, parents need to understand the laws that can
impact the educational experience. This module will provide an overview of Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Time Frame Fall/Spring                            Length of Session 2 – 4 hours
Objectives
Participants will be able to:

       Identify how IDEA aligns with NCLB
       Identify the requirements for children who are evaluated to determine if they are eligible for special
        education services
       Identify the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is, who develops it and what it must contain
       Examine parental options and procedural safeguards under NCLB and IDEA
       Understand State and school accountability under NCLB

Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)
    LaSIG Coordinator/Staff
    La. Parent Training and Information Center (LaPTIC) Facilitators
    Coordinator of Specialized Services at LDE
    Director of Quality Assurance at LDE
    Policy Research and Program Effectiveness at LDE
    Director/Coordinator of Special Education within Local Education Agency
Resources
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (http://www.nichcy.org/idea.htm) provides information
on disabilities in research-based information on effective educational practices.

NCLB EDgov (www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.html) provides the administration's proposals for reauthorizing No Child Left
Behind. Fact sheets, videos of NCLB success stories, and Secretary Spellings' letters are located on this webpage.

NCLB: A Parent Perspective (www.wpunj.edu/newpol/issue38/brooks38.html) provides parents with the "right to know"
provision of NCLB.

NCLB: A Parent Guide (www.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/nclbguide/parentsguide.html) provides facts and terms
every parent should know about NCLB.

What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do (http://cehd.umn.edu/NCEO/OnlinePubs/Parents.pdf)

NCLB – Parent’s Guide (www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.parent.guide.heath.htm)

What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do (http://cehd.umn.edu/NCEO/OnlinePubs/Parents.pdf)

NCLB – Parent’s Guide (www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.parent.guide.heath.htm)
Parents Supporting I.D.E.A. (www.psidea.org/)


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                                             Inclusive Practices

Description
This module focuses on explaining what is an inclusive environment in the educational setting. The
participants will learn strategies by school personnel (especially educators in the classroom) that support
inclusive practices. The rights of the students in an inclusive environment will be address. The 2014 is
to have 75% of more of the students in a general education placement and 5% or less in a self-contained
placement.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Explain what is an inclusive environment

      Understand what are inclusive practices

      Understand the rights of the students around inclusion


Time Frame Fall/Spring                         Length of Session 2 – 4 hours

Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)

Resources
Validated Practice Initiative Document (http://www.lasig2.org/content.cfm?id=54) is to assist schools as they
strive to provide the best practice for ALL children.

Inclusive Schools Week (http://www.inclusiveschools.org/inclusivepractices.cfm) is a website about inclusive
practices and resources.

Pathways to Inclusive Practices
(http://www.urbanschools.org/pdf/ptip.pdf?v_document_name=Pathways%20to%20Inclusive%20Practices) is a
document about systems oriented, policy-linked, and research-based strategies that work.

National Institute for Urban School Improvement
(http://www.urbanschools.org/publications/consortium_inclusive.html) is a website with on information on
inclusive schooling practices.

Education World (http://www.education-world.com/a_issues/issues087.shtml) is an article about Inclusive
Education: An Online Forum.




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                                              Family Engagement

Description
When schools and families work together to support learning everyone benefits: 1) Students do better in
school and in life; 2) Parents become empowered; 3) Teacher morale improves; 4) Schools get better;
and 5) Communities grow stronger. Research strongly suggests that families have a major influence on
their children’s achievement in school and in life. When schools support families to be involved at
home and at school, students of all backgrounds achieve at higher levels.

Time Frame Fall/Spring                            Length of Session 2 – 4 hours

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

       Define Family Engagement
       Identify What Family Engagement Looks Like
       Identify the Impact of Family Engagement on Schools and Students
       Identify the Role of Families and Educators in Family Engagement


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)
Kay Marcel, LaSIG Family Coordinator

Resources
Project Appleseed is a major educational resource and advocate for parents and families engaged in the pursuit
of life, liberty and happiness in America’s public schools. This organization is a catalyst in the implementation of
effective, research based, model parent and community involvement programs that increase social capital,
improves the lives of families and revitalizes schools and communities across the United States.
http://www.projectappleseed.org

This website has “Let’s Try” publications that describe activities for engaging families from the Family-School
Linkages Project.
http://urbanschools.org/publications/lets_try.html

This website has “Did You Know” publications that describe activities for engaging families from the Family-
School Linkages Project.
http://urbanschools.org/publications/did_you_know.html

Family Friendly Schools is dedicated to helping schools and districts around the country to increase student
achievement by engaging with families.
http://www.familyfriendlyschools.com




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                                School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)

Description
This module focuses on School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) as a process to implement positive
behavior support (PBS) into a school for ALL students, ALL staff, and ALL areas of a school. Positive behavior
support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families,
and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between practices and the environments
in which teaching and learning occurs. PBS is built on the foundation of being positive, proactive to prevent
problem behaviors. Participants will be exposed to hands-on activities and examples of PBS in local schools.

Time Frame Fall/Spring                           Length of Session 2 – 4 hours
Objectives
Participants will be able to:

       Explain SPWBS and the components of this process
       Explain how PBS strategies can be use at home to create PBS at HOME
       Understand the importance of schools and families working together to support PBS

Suggested Presenters
   LaSIG Staff
   School or district person trained in the PBS process within a Local Education Agency
   Region Service Center Staff
   A state PBS trainer

Resources
Louisiana PBS website (www.lapositivebehavior.com) provides a wealth of information and resources that will
assist in creating a positive school environment with Louisiana school examples, training opportunities, and
resources!

National PBS website (www.pbis.org/) is the national technical assistance center for positive behavioral
interventions and supports.

Association For Positive Behavior Support (http://www.apbs.org/) is an international organization dedicated to
promoting research-based strategies.

Louisiana SWPBS Implementation and Resource Guide (www.lasig2.org/content.cfm?id=54) is a tool with
examples from Louisiana school around the components of PBS.

Center for Young Children with Challenging Behavior (http://challengingbehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/pbs.html) is a
website with information about the process for understanding and resolving the problem behavior of children.

Interventions Central (http://www.interventioncentral.org/) is a website with free tools and resources to help
school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behavior.




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          Disproportionality (Overrepresentation of minority students in special education)

Description
The Disproportionality Module will focus on IDEA’s provisions addressing the over identification of specific
racial and ethnic groups in special education. It will provide a comprehensive review of strategies and activities
the LDE is conducting in order to address this problem. The module will also examine how districts can use
Response to Intervention (RTI) to assist with learning or behavior problems.

Time Frame Fall                                       Length of Session 2 – 4 hours

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

        Understand what the data is confirming about disproportionality
        Establish a collaborative, community based approach to address this problem
        Determine whether there is significant disproportionality in the LEA

Suggested Speakers (See Appendix A)

    LaSIG Coordinator/Staff
    Policy Research and Program Effectiveness at LDE
    Director/Coordinator of Special Education within Local Education Agency
    Region Service Center Staff

Resources
Classroom to Community and Back: Using Culturally Responsive Standards-based Teaching to Strengthen Family
and Community Partnerships and Increase Student Achievement. http://www.nwrel.org/partnerships/c2cb/c2c.pdf

Components of Cultural Mismatch and Possible Outcomes
A pair of charts looking at the components of cultural mismatches and potential outcomes for minority students, and a
comparison of traditional versus culturally responsive classrooms. http://coe.ohio-
state.edu/dyford/Lessonplans/cultmismatch.chart2.htm

Creating Culturally Responsive, Inclusive Classrooms. Is a wonderful article from Teaching Exceptional Children,
Volume 33, No. 4, pp. 4-9. http://journals.sped.org/ec/archive_articles/VOL.33NO.4MARAPR2001_TEC_Article1.pdf

CREDE’s Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy
http://www-gse.berkeley.edu/research/crede/standards/standards.html
The Five Standards articulate both philosophical and pragmatic guidelines for effective education and establish principles for
best teaching practices. The standards were distilled from findings by educational researchers working with students at risk of
educational failure due to cultural, language, racial, geographic, or economic factors.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parent Involvement Project: A Guide for Connecting Immigrant Parents and
Schools. Minnesota Department of Education. 2005 Originally developed by the Minnesota Department of Education, this
six module program was developed to help parents and caretakers with limited English see themselves as active participants
in their children’s learning. http://brycs.andornot.com/documents/LEP_UserGuide050905.pdf




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                                Improvement Plans (School and District)

Description
This module focuses on explaining the purpose of an improvement plan for schools and districts.
Information presented will consist of the components of a school improvement plan (SIP), the school
improvement team (SIT) and the school improvement (SI) process. In addition, participants will be
exposed to initiatives in the improvement plan for schools and the district. The role of the family
member in the SIP, SIT, SI process, and school/district initiative will be shared with participants. To
connect participants with the schools/district, invite school/district personnel to speak with participants.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Explain purpose and component of SIP, SIT, and SI process.

      Understand the role as a family member with SIP, SIT, SI process.

      Understand the school/district initiatives and how family members can support these initiatives.


Time Frame Fall                          Length of Session 2 – 3 hours


Suggested Speakers (See Appendix B)



Resources
North Central Regional Education Laboratory (http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/) is a website for synthesized
research, policy and best practices on issues critical to educators engaged in school improvement

NWREL School and District Improvement (http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/) is a website about building capacity
of educational and community organizations.

Louisiana Resources Guide for School Improvement Teams (http://www.lasig2.org/content.cfm?id=54) is tool
to help guide the school improvement process.

School Improvement Network (http://www.schoolimprovement.com/) is a website with resources and tools.

Tools for School-Improvement Planning (http://www.annenberginstitute.org/tools/index.php)




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                          High Stake Testing/Test Preparation



                                         COMING SOON!!!

Description
This module focuses




Objectives
Participants will be able to:

      Define effective


Time Frame Fall (August/September/October)        Length of Session 2 – 3 hours



Suggested Speakers (See Appendix ?)



Resources




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Appendix A – Contact Information
Presenters for Family Empowerment Sessions..…………………………………….…….……20-23

Louisiana Region Education Service Centers (RESC)..………………………………….…….24-25

People First Chapters and contact information…………………………….…………..….……26-27

Presenters by Consumers……………………..……………………………………………………28

Families Helping Families Resource Centers Directory…………………….……….………….…29




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     FAMILY LEADERSHIP SPEAKER’S LIST
Note: LaSIG Funds CANNOT be used to pay speakers. District and other funds may be used for speakers.


TOPIC                                      SPEAKER CONTACT INFORMATION              SPEAKER FEE

1.   Leadership Development Topics         Esther McGee & Angie Myers               $300 each/day (a
    Effective Communication/Negotiation                                            day will be
    Team Building                         CSHS State Parent Training Coordinator   charged for travel
    Conflict Resolution                   Monroe, LA Phone: 318-361-7322           if 5-6 hrs. travel is
    Organizing Strategies for             Email: emcgee@dhh.la.gov                 required.)
     change/Systems Change Advocacy
                                              All Topics
                                           Wade Marcantel                           $300/3 hrs.
                                           Lake Charles, LA
                                           Phone: 337-661-2782 or 337-582-6878      $600/day
                                           Email: wademarcantel@hotmail.com
                                              All Topics
                                           Ted Quant                                $1,200/day
                                           Loyola University/Toomy Center
                                           New Orleans, LA Phone: 504-861-5831
                                           Email: quant@loyno.edu
                                              All Topics
                                           Karen Scallan                            Negotiable
                                           Destrehan, LA
                                           Phone: 985-764-3543
                                           Email: kscallan@cox.net
                                              Conflict Resolution
                                              Effective Communication
                                                                                    $1,000/day
                                           Brad Thompson
                                           The HALI Project, Inc.
                                           Canyon, TX Phone: 806-352-5698
                                           Email: bthompson@southwestcofc.org
                                              All Topics
                                           Summer Whitmore & Marcil Seals           No Charge

                                           LaSIG Site Liaisons
                                           Phone: 225-578-9446
                                           Summer: swhitm1@lsu.edu
                                           Marcil: mseals@lsu.edu
                                           “What Works in Schools”

                                           Jim Comstock-Galagan                     $800/day
                                           Southern Disability Law Center
                                           Phone: 228-363-0514
                                           Email: jgalagan@sdlcenter.org



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TOPIC                                         SPEAKER CONTACT INFORMATION                 SPEAKER FEE

2.    School Improvement Topics               Monica Ballay                                  No Charge
    Louisiana’s Accountability System        LaSIG Data/Evaluator & Site Liaison
     (district/school improvement teams)      Phone: 225-578-2805
    Data-Based Decision Making               Email: mballay@lsu.edu
    No Child Left Behind/IDEA
    Inclusion                                   Data-based Decision Making
    Family Engagement                           School Wide Positive Behavior Support
    School Wide Positive Behavioral             School Improvement Plans
     Support (SWPBS)                          Charlene Comstock-Galagan                      $400/3 hrs.
    Disproportionality (Over                 Phone:
     representation of minority students in   Email: ccg@mscoalition.com
     special education)
                                                 Inclusion
    District/School Improvement Plans (to
     include specific initiatives             Jim Comstock-Galagan                           $800/day
     districts/schools are addressing)        Phone: 228-363-0514
                                              Email: jgalagan@sdlcenter.org
                                                 Data-Based Decision Making
                                              District /School Administrators                No Charge

                                                 Data-Based Decision Making
                                                 District/School Improvement Plans
                                                  (specific initiatives)

                                              Melanie Lemoine                             No Charge
                                              LaSIG Co-Director
                                              Phone: 504-236-8670
                                              Email: lemoinem@lsu.edu

                                                     SWPBS

                                              Pamela Delaune (paralegal)
                                              Hammond & Sills Law Firm
                                              Baton Rouge, LA
                                              Phone: 225-923-3462

                                                     NCLB/IDEA




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                                                                                               SPEAKER FEE
TOPIC                                            SPEAKER CONTACT INFORMATION
2.School Improvement Topics (cont.)              Kay Marcel
                                                 LaSIG Family Coordinator                     No Charge
   Louisiana’s Accountability System            New Iberia, LA
    (district/school improvement teams)          Phone: 337-367-7407
   Data-Based Decision Making                   Email: kay.marcel@cox.net
   No Child Left Behind/IDEA
   Inclusion                                       Family Engagement
   Family Engagement                            Donna Murrell                                   No Charge
   School Wide Positive Behavioral Support      Baton Rouge, LA
    (SWPBS)                                      Phone: 225-803-8138
   Disproportionality (Over representation of   Email: Donna.Murrell@RSDA.NET
    minority students in special education)
                                                    SWPBS
   District/School Improvement Plans (to
                                                    Universal Design Learning (UDL)
    include specific initiatives
    districts/schools are addressing)            La. Parent Training and Information Center      No Charge
                                                 (LaPTIC) Facilitators
                                                 FHF Regional Resource Centers
                                                 Www.fhfla.org
                                                    NCLB/IDEA
                                                    Inclusion
                                                 Karen Scallan                                Negotiable
                                                 Destrehan, LA
                                                 Phone: 985-764-3543
                                                 Email: kscallan@cox.net
                                                  NCLB/IDEA
                                                 State Dept. of Ed. Regional Service Center
                                                 Personnel                                    No Charge
                                                 Louisiana’s Accountability System
                                                 (district/school improvement teams)

*Speaker fees are subject to change and some speaker’s may be willing to negotiate their fee.

NOTE: This is a list of presenters that have been used for family empowerment sessions or other
professional development events. It is intended as a resource, but is not final and never will be. As you
hear other presenters on topics relevant to LaSIG and district/school priorities and initiatives and want to
recommend them, please let the LaSIG Family Coordinator know so they can be added to the list and
shared with all LaSIG Family Facilitators.




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Family Empowerment Handbook – July ’09   23
Louisiana Region Education Service Centers (RESC)
        Region I Education Service Center
          1416 Metairie Road, Building 4
               Metairie, LA 70005
                  (504) 219-4701
               gayle.miller@la.gov



       Region II Education Service Center
           Southeastern LA University
                   SLU 10528
              Hammond, LA 70402
             Phone: (985) 549-2084
               Fax: (985) 549-2864
        Paula Monroe, Region II Director
              paula.monroe@la.gov


       Region III Education Service Center
             Nicholls State University
              P.O. Box 2037 - NSU
              Thibodaux, LA 70310
              Phone: (985) 448-4312
               Fax: (985) 448-4120
              ronald.briscoe@la.gov



       Region IV Education Service Center
           Melissa Matthews, Director
             1405 W. Pinhook Road
                    Suite 112
               Lafayette, LA 70503
                 (337) 262-5208
            melissa.matthews@la.gov


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        Region V Education Service Center
            Melissa Matthews, Director
            314 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
             Lake Charles, LA 70601
              Phone: (337) 491-2947
               Fax: (337) 491-2948
            melissa.matthews@la.gov


       Region VI Education Service Center
         6593 Highway 1 Bypass (3110)
             Nachitioches, LA 71457
                 (318) 357-2423
               (318) 357-2461 fax
               pat.thurmon@la.gov




      Region VII Education Service Center
               8675 Youree Drive
             Shreveport, LA 71115
             Phone: (318) 797-0728
              Fax: (318) 741-7486
             tina.kendrick@la.gov




      Region VIII Education Service Center
                 P.O. Box 1616
          West Monroe, LA 71294-1616
              Fax: (318) 323-6721
             Phone: (318) 325-0451
            marydale.scoggins@la.gov




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               People First Contact Information
   Region
                          Chapter                        President                    Advisor
 and Parish
                                                Willie Martin
                                                4524 Feliciana Drive
                      People First of Greater                                1-866-966-6260
    I – Orleans                                 Nola, LA 70126
                          New Orleans                                        1-866-966-6261
                                                504-617-0638
                                                504-522-5507 Fax
                                                                             Rose Garret
                                                Michelle Marino              1701 Lobdell Ave
  II – East Baton     People First of Greater   12440 Jefferson Hwy, #1113   Baton Rouge, LA 70806
       Rouge              Baton Rouge           Baton Rouge, LA 70816        225-216-7474
                                                225-755-1110                 225-952-9253
                                                                             225-921-4231
                                                Trudye Jones
                          People First of       1120 S. Lanoux Ave           1-866-966-6260
   II – Ascension
                            Gonzales            Gonzales, LA 70737           1-866-966-6261
                                                225-644-1452
                                                Terry Doughty                Yvonne Arcement
                                                108 Ciera Drive              121 Marcel St
 III – Terrebonne     People First of Houma
                                                Houma, LA 70364              Houma, LA 70364
                                                985-868-6097                 985-876-1544
                                                Renaldian Banks              Victoria Byrant
                                                462 Forth Street             P. O. Box 455
  III – St. Charles   St. Charles Connection
                                                St. Rose, LA 70087           Boutte, LA 70039
                                                504-464-0967                 985-785-0971
                                                                             Debbie Boudreaux
                                                Glenn Joshua
                                                                             Lafourche Arc
                                                Narrow Home
                                                                             C/O Silby Lachie
  III – Lafourche      We are People First      522 Narrow Street
                                                                             100 West Main St.
                                                Thibodaux, LA 70301
                                                                             Thibodaux, LA 70301
                                                985-446-8172
                                                                             985-447-6214
                                                Eric Lowe                    Charles Wheaton
                                                1107 Linwood Dr.             1107 Linwood Dr.
  IV – St. Landry         Dream Makers
                                                Opelousas, LA 70570          Opelousas, LA 70570
                                                337-948-0225                 337-948-0225
                                                                             Ron Ryder
                                                                             LSU at Eunice
                                                                             P.O. Box 1129
   IV – Acadian               LSU-E
                                                                             Eunice, LA 70535
                                                                             337-550-1302
                                                                             rryder@lsue.edu
                                                                             Troy Abshire
                                                                             214 Jefferson Street - Suite 301
                                                Teri Shaw
   IV – Lafayette     People First of Acadian                                Lafayette, La 70501
                                                teri_fhfacad@hotmail.com
                                                                             337-262-5610
                                                                             tabshire@dhh.la




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                                                                                 Donna Fruge’
                                                                                 Advocacy Center
                                               Donna Spears
                                                                                 Ombudsman (CLOP)
                                               606 Colonial Drive, Suite I
                                                                                 600 Jefferson Street Suite 812
   V – Calcasieu    Lake Area People First     Baton Rouge, LA 70806
                                                                                 Lafayette, LA 70501
                                               337-824-1341
                                                                                 337-237-7380 Ext. 16
                                               dspears@peoplefirstla.org
                                                                                 337-237-0486 Fax
                                                                                 dfruge@advocacyla.org


                        People First of
    V – Vernon
                          Leesville

                                               Henry Moliere
                                                                                 Paul Brand
                                               PO Box 5191
                        People First of                                          PO Box 5191
   VI – Rapides                                Home 217 Unit 5
                     Alexandria/Pineville                                        Pineville, LA 71361
                                               Pineville, LA 71361
                                                                                 318-446-2081
                                               318-641-2121 ext 4217
                                               Paul Howard                       Sandy Pippenger
     VII –              People First of        1416 Earl St.                     351 Jordan Street
  Caddo/Bossier         Caddo-Bossier          Shreveport, LA 71109              Shreveport, LA 71101
                                               (318) 869-1490                    318-425-8888 ext 299
                                                                                 Eunice Davis
                    People First of Lincoln                                      P.O. Box 907
   VII – Lincoln                               LaDon Evans
                            Parish                                               Ruston, LA 71273
                                                                                 318-243-8553
                                               Wayne Culp                        Patricia Simmons
                        People First of        132 Hwy. 850                      P.O. Box 1559
  VIII – Caldwell
                          Columbia             Columbia, LA 71418                Columbia, LA 71418
                                               318-649-5725                      318-649-6097
                                                                                 Karla Cumming
                                               Joe Saye
                                                                                 275 Marvin Head Rd
                                               1910 Filhiol Ave
  VIII – Ouachita   People First of Monroe                                       West Monroe, LA 71292
                                               Monroe, LA 71202
                                                                                 318-325-1846
                                               318-343-3866
                                                                                 Cell 318-381-1820
                                                                                 Lynn Renihan
                                               Amanda Monceaux
                                                                                 45439 Live Oak Drive
                                               45439 Live Oak Drive, Hammond,
 IX – Washington      Franklinton SAGE                                           Hammond, LA 70101
                                               La 70401
                                                                                 225-567-7505
                                               225-567-3111, ext. 402
                                                                                 lrenihan@dhh.la.gov

     IX – St.
                     People First of Slidell
    Tammany

                                                                                 Lynn Renihan
                                               Brenda Chauvin
                                                                                 45439 Live Oak Drive
                    Tangipahoa Speak for       17477 E. Park Avenue, Apt. C-20
 IX – Tangipahoa                                                                 Hammond, LA 70101
                      Yourself-SAGE            Hammond, Louisiana 70403
                                                                                 225-567-7505
                                               985-429-8906
                                                                                 lrenihan@dhh.la.gov
                                                                                 Kristen Cipriani
                                                                                 51 Avant Garde Cir
                        East Bank Self-
   X – Jefferson                                                                 Kenner, LA 70065
                       Advocates Group
                                                                                 504-723-5601
                                                                                 kcipriani@peoplefirstla.org


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People First
Speaker/Participant List of Consumers



       Regions 1, 9, & 10 - Kristen Cipriani lives in Kenner, LA. kcipriani@peoplefirstla.org

       St. Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammy, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John, Washington




       Regions 4 & 5 - Donna Spears lives in Lake Charles, LA. dspears@peoplefirstla.org

       Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Vermilion, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry, Iberia, St.
       Mary, Evangeline




       Regions 2 & 3 - Denise Dupont lives in Baton Rouge, LA ddupont@peoplefirstla.org

       East and West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Ascension, Assumption, LaFourche, Livingston,
       St. James, St. Helena, East and West Feliciana




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                         FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES DIRECTORY

FHF of Southeast Louisiana, Inc.                                    FHF at the Crossroads of La., Inc.
Region 1 - Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard                        Region 6 - Avoyelles, Concordia, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle,
Carol Calix, Executive Director                                     Rapides, Vernon and Winn
4118 Franklin Avenue                                                Jim Sprinkle, Executive Director
New Orleans, LA 70122                                               2840 Military Hwy., Suite A
504-943-0343 or 1-877-243-7352 or 504-940-3242                      Pineville, Louisiana 71360
Email: ccalix@fhfsela.org or info@fhfsela.org                       318-641-7373 or 1-800-259-7200 or 318-640-4299 Fax
Website: www.fhfsela.org                                            Email: fhfxroads@aol.com
                                                                    Website: www.familieshelpingfamilies.net

FHF of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc.                                    FHF of Region 7
Region 2 - East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana,      Region 7 - Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Red River,
Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension                             Natchitoches, Sabine, and Webster
Jamie Tindle, Executive Director                                    Chanel Jackson
778 Chevelle Drive                                                  2620 Centenary Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 250
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806                                        Shreveport, LA 71104
225-216-7474 or 1-866-216-7474 or 225-216-7977 Fax                  318-226-4541 or 1-800-226-4541 or 318-226-4541 Fax
Email: info@fhfgbr.org                                              Email: fhfregion7@bellsouth.net
Website: www.fhfgbr.org                                             Website: www.fhfregion7.com



Bayou Land Families Helping Families, Inc.                          FHF of Northeast Louisiana, Inc.
Region 3 - Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St.       Region 8 - Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln,
John, St. Mary, Terrebonne                                          Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West
Kim Detillier, Executive Director                                   Carroll
204 East Bayou Road                                                 Aliscia Banks, Executive Director
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301                                          Laura Nettles, Co-director
985-447-4461or 1-800-331-5570 or 985-447-7988 Fax                   5200 Northeast Road
Email: blfhf@bellsouth.net                                          Monroe, Louisiana 71203
Website: www.blfhf.org                                              318-361-0487 or 1-888-300-1320 or 318-361-0417 Fax
                                                                    Email: info@fhfnela.org Website: www.fhfnela.org

FHF of Acadiana, Inc.                                               Northshore Families Helping Families, Inc.
Region 4 - Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St.   Region 9 - Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa,
Martin, and Vermillion                                              Washington
Kathy Allen, Ph.D., Executive Director                              Donna Slocum, Interim Executive Director
510 West University Avenue                                          204 West 21st Avenue
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506                                          Covington, Louisiana 70433
337-984-3458 or 1-800-378-9854 or 337-984-3468 Fax                  985-875-0511 or 1-800-383-8700
Email: fhfacad@cox-internet.com                                     985-875-9979 Fax CSHS 985-345-8300 or 1-877-537-8700
Website: www.fhfacadiana.com                                        Email:
                                                                    Website: www.fhfnorthshore.org

FHF of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.                                    FHF of Jefferson
Region 5 – Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff          Region 10 - Jefferson
Davis                                                               Mary Jacob , Executive Director
Susan Benoit, Executive Director                                    201 Evans Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 100
2927 Hodges Street                                                  Harahan, Louisiana 70123
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601                                       504-888-9111 or 1-800-766-7736 or 504-888-0246 Fax
337-436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558 or 337-436-2578 Fax                  Email: info@fhfgno.org
Email: Website: www.fhfswla.org                                     Website: www.fhfgno.org




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              Appendix B - Resources
Expectations of Family Empowerment Sessions……………………………………………………..31
Guidelines for spending Family Empowerment funds……………………………………………….32
Example Overview of Family Empowerment Sessions………………………………………………33
Example surveys………………………………………………………………………………………34
Example flyers, newspaper articles, etc………………………………………………………….35 - 39
Planning Template………………………………………………………………………………..40 – 42
Glossary of Abbreviations…………………………………………………………………………….43




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                         Expectations of Family Empowerment Sessions

It is our mission to empower family members and friends to be actively engaged with schools and districts
                                in improving education for all students!

OF PARTICIPANTS:
√ To actively participate in sessions by sharing information and experiences

√ To identify ways to use the information and skills gained

               With other parents
               In schools
               In community

√ To use leadership skills to develop and implement projects

             With focus on involving other parents to improve student achievement
            (Ex. start a parent support group at school;

√ To be part of a network of parents focused on improving student achievement

√ Support and participate in future leadership trainings

               Be a presenter to share your experiences
               Help recruit participants
               Share information about the training sessions with educators


OF SPONSORS:
√ To provide information and skills to help families lead

            Focus on data, including state goals related to Least Restrictive Environment
            Focus on school improvement
            Focus on student achievement
√ To serve as a resource and support to participants

√ To provide a network of parents

√ To learn from participants at the training sessions

√ To bring families and schools together

√ To help create family friendly schools




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        Guidelines for Spending Family Empowerment Session Funds

What Can the Budget Pay For? In general, funds designated for the Family Empowerment
Sessions can pay for anything that is needed to conduct the sessions except speaker fees. Specific items
can include:

 Participant stipends
 Meeting place
 Food/Refreshments
 Materials/Supplies
 Other (can be verified with LaSIG Family Coordinator)
Receipts for expenses should be handled and maintained according to procedures required by the
district.


Collaborating & Partnering to Cover Expenses
Collaborating and partnering with other district/school programs (i.e., Title I, IDEA, etc.), family
resource centers, and community organizations/businesses to share expenses, as much as possible, is
encouraged. For example:

1. Title I may have resources to assist with materials and handouts for the sessions.
2. Family resource centers may want to collaborate and jointly hold some sessions.
3. Community organizations/businesses may be approached to donate funds or other items (door prizes,
   food, etc.).



Engaging/Paying Presenters
When contracting with presenters follow district policies and procedures. LaSIG funds may NOT be
used for presenters.




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                   Example Overview of Family Empowerment Sessions
LaSIG Family Empowerment sessions are for families of children in districts and schools participating
in the grant. Families Helping Families regional resource centers and Pyramid Parent Training Project
located in New Orleans have sponsored these sessions each year since 2002. Education personnel
(principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals) have also been participants at sessions. The information
presented supports LaSIG’s endeavor to engage schools, families and the Louisiana Department of
Education in a network that has the ultimate goal of improving the educational outcomes of all students,
including those with disabilities.

LaSIG provides funds to host the sessions. These funds help cover the cost of outreach for participants,
speakers, materials, food and a stipend for participants.

The training sessions cover topics related to leadership development, educational laws (NCLB/IDEA),
and school improvement. Leadership development topics include effective communication, team
building, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, and reaching consensus. The curriculum should also
include information about educational practices and programs specific to each district.

The goal of these sessions is to establish a cadre of family members who can engage with district and
school personnel to work effectively in the development and implementation of school improvement
plans and improved student achievement. Comments from participants on evaluations indicate that this
goal is being reached.

The following are representative of the comments made by those who have participated in Family
Empowerment sessions. The comments are in response to what they most valued about the topics
presented. They also demonstrate awareness of communication, understanding, and trust in effective
teaming for results:

              Expressing your self in a proper manner
              Recognizing the problem and resolving the issue positively.
              Listen and be open.
              People wear many hats and we need to respect them all.
              Negotiation skills are something I really need in my life at this time.
              Always have a common ground
              How to participate and communicate properly.
              That communication is a very important in negotiation.
              That there are two sides to every concept.
              That I am not always right and sometimes others have useful skills and ideas.
              Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
              Always try to have correct and up-to-date information.
              Value improvement and give credit.
              Support and Understand our schools
              Realizing problems can’t be changed overnight when we as parents can’t change overnight.
              Inclusion matters to everyone
              Got knowledge on the school system’s ability to help our children.
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                                                  LASIG 2
                              Louisiana State Improvement Grant 2
                                            Family Survey
Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions below. We want to meet the needs
of our families in Livingston Parish. The information gathered from this survey will help
us to prepare for future family events, workshops, functions, seminars. You may check
more than one.
    1.   What grade level is your child? (you may select more than one)
             Preschool       Elementary school       Middle school                High school

    2.   What day of the week is best for you to attend functions/workshops/seminars?
              Monday       Tuesday       Wednesday Thursday           Friday   Saturday                  any

    3.   What time frame is best for you to attend functions/workshops/seminars?
             Morning 9-1       Afternoon 1-5        Evening 4- 8    All Day 8 –3              any

    4.   If the workshop was a 5 day series, what format would work best for you?
              One full week (going every day for a week)
              Once a week for five weeks
              Twice a week for three weeks
              Once a month for five months
              Twice a month for three months
              Any of the above

Family Engagement: “The degree to which families are engaged in the academic lives of their children.”
                                                             - Steve Constantino, Ph.D., Family Friendly Schools

    5.  List topics you feel would help engage your family in decision making within the schools for future
        family events, workshops, functions, seminars:
    ________________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________________________
    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Please use the back to share any other thoughts, concerns, or suggestions.
    Thank you!




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                               North Corbin Junior High
                                             AND
                     Northshore Families Helping Families


                               Invite you to join us at our
                               Back to School Breakfast


                               Date: September 12, 2007
                                         Time: 7:15-8:15
               Place: North Corbin Junior High Special Lab


      ADD A MESSAGE ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE
         MEETING OR A QUOTE ABOUT FAMILY
                   ENGAGMENT.
   Please contact our office to register 1-800-383-8700Please
          contact Erin Delafosse for more information
                  EDelafosseNFHF@bellsouth.net
         Visit our website @ http://www.fhfnorthshore.org/
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Family Empowerment Handbook – July ’09   36
Please return registration
         form to:                                          Saturday,
Families Helping Families of Jefferson

     Jefferson Parish Family
                                                        April 19, 2008
 Empowerment & Education Forum                        8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
            201 Evans Road

       Building One, Suite 100

         Harahan, LA 70123

       Or fax to 504.888.0246                       The Amazing Race
                                                       “Paving the Way to a
                                                        Successful Future”
For additional information, please call Families
     Helping Families at 504.888.9111 or
                 800.766.7736                         Jefferson Parish Family
                                                    Empowerment & Education
             Door Prizes * Lunch
                                                              Forum
      Vendor Booths * Great Speakers

        Networking with other parents
                                                        For Individuals with
                                                   Developmental Disabilities and
                                                           their Families
            This free event is being sponsored by the following agencies:




                                                           of Jefferson


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  Northshore Families Helping Families Presents
                               SUPER TUESDAY!
                                   Tuesday, October 16, 2007
                                      9:00 Am to 3:00 Pm
                           Livingston Literacy and Technology Center




   Why is it SUPER? It is the day we kick off
   the Livingston Parish LASIG 2 Academy
            with speaker Ted Quant!
An interactive & outstanding presenter covering topics such as
    Conflict Resolution, Communication, Team Building
If your child has an IEP, this presentation is a must. Mr. Quant has years of experience in
     teaching professionals and parents the art of resolving conflict in a positive way,
    communicating positively, and building a parent educator team for the purpose of
                    ensuring your child’s academic and social success.

                               Breakfast and Lunch
                                   $50 Stipend
                                   Door Prizes
                              Mystery Game and Gift
                  Call us at 800-383-8700 to reserve your place.




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                 PARENT EMPOWERMENT ACADEMY
                          Dates and Times

                             Thursday October 25, 2007 (9:00 – 1:30)
                                        Monica Ballay
                                 Data Based Decision Making
                            School Wide Positive Behavior Supports
                                   School Improvement Plan



                                    Thursday November 1, 2007
                                        9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                                      Jim Colmstock-Galagan
                                        NCLB/IDEA Laws
                                          Systems Change
                                              Inclusion



                                   Thursday November 8, 2007
                                      9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
                                 Kay Marcel and Demarious Poole
                                      Family Engagement
                                     District Wide Iniatives



                                   Thursday November 15, 2007
                                       9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
                                 Elizabeth Gary and Denise Dupont
                                        Positive Parenting
                                      People First Language




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                   Family Empowerment Sessions Planning Template
                           District_________________________



  I.

SESSION TOPICS           DATES/TIMES             PRESENTER(s)      LOCATION(s)
                    Jul 1, 2008 – Jun 30, 2009




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                 Family Empowerment Sessions Planning Template
                         District_________________________



II.

                   OUTREACH STRATEGIES
                                                 TIMELINES




Family Empowerment Handbook – July ’09                           41
                 Family Empowerment Sessions Planning Template
                         District_________________________


III. Other Tasks




Family Empowerment Handbook – July ’09                           42
                                Glossary of Abbreviations


LRE – Least Restricted Environment

IDEA – Individual with Disabilities Education Act

NCLB – No Child Left Behind

PBS – Positive Behavior Support

SWPBS – School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

RTI – Response To Inventions

LDE – Louisiana Department of Education

LEA – Local Education Agency

RESC – Regional Education Service Center

IEP – Individual Education Program

SWD – Student with disability

SPS – School Performance Score

IRIS Center Online Dictionary - http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/onlinedictionary.html




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Appendix C - Forms
Session Checklist………………………………………………………………………………….45
Application (English and Spanish)…………………………………………………………..…46-47
Sign-in sheet……………………………………………………………………………………….48
Family Empowerment Session Evaluation………………………………………………………..49
Overall Evaluation Summary………………………………………………………………..…50-51
Stipend forms……………………………………………………………………………………....52




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Preparing & Conducting Family Empowerment Sessions CHECKLIST

                                      Preparing For Sessions
____ Determine topics for each session


____ Determine schedule of sessions

____ Secure location for sessions

____ Recruitment/outreach for participants should begin at least 6 weeks prior to the first session and
should be repeated and continued up until the time of the session.
____ Contact/confirm presenters for each topic - including presenter’s contract, determining presenter’s
audio-visual equipment needed, duplication of materials, etc.
                                         Preparing for Each Session
____ Make copies of materials (presenter handouts – if needed, sign-in sheets, stipend forms,
evaluations, session agenda, etc.)
____ Ensure audio/visual equipment is available

____ Order food

____ Prepare an agenda

____ Prepare nametags

                                             At Each Session
____ Arrive early enough to prepare meeting room and greet participants

____ Ensure participants sign-in upon arrival and get a nametag

____ During last 15 minutes of session, have participants complete stipend form

____ During last 15 minutes of session, have participants complete evaluation form

                                           After Each Session
____ Turn in receipts for session expenses

____ Process participant stipends

____ Review and summarize evaluation forms

____ Provide summary of evaluations to presenter(s) and LaSIG Family Coordinator


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                                Family Empowerment Session
                                  Participant Information
                             Session Topic                                  Session Date




Name:________________________________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________________________

City:_____________________________ Zip Code:____________Parish:__________________
Email:________________________________________________________________________
(Day) Phone # ___________________________(Night) Phone #_________________________

1. What is your relationship to the school system? (please check one)

    Parent                               Employee (                                  ) position

    Family Member of a student (                                              _ __ ) describe
                                     (i.e. grandparent, aunt, legal guardian, etc.)

    Student/Graduate                     Other (                                    ) describe



2. If you checked parent/family member, please complete the following about your children who
attend school: (if more than 4 students, list others on back)

        Name                     Gender       Age                       School

                                  F/M

                                  F/M

                                  F/M

                                  F/M


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3. Does any student listed above receive special education or early intervention services?

___Yes ___No     If yes, please describe the student’s exceptionality

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Continued from Page 1

                              Session Topic                                  Session Date




Continued from Page 1

          Name                  Gender   Age                            School

                                 F/M

                                 F/M

                                 F/M

                                 F/M




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                              LaSIG Family Empowerment Sessions

                                    (Insert Date and time frame)

                                 (Insert Location & District Name)

                                           SIGN-IN
    NAME (print)                         SCHOOL                      SIGNATURE




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                               Family Empowerment Session Evaluation
                                         (Topic(s) Covered)
                                            (Location and Date and Time)



Family Facilitators use this template to summarize the individual session evaluations completed by participants.




    1.   List two most important skills, concepts, or lessons you learned.

         1)



         2)



    2.   List the two (2) things you valued most about this session.

         1)



         2)



    3.   List ways this session could be improved.




    4.   Overall Rating of 1-10 (1 is poor; 10 is excellent).




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                      LaSIG Family Empowerment Sessions
                                   Overall Evaluation Summary
                                        (Location & Year)
     (Facilitators should use this template to summarize the final overall evaluations completed by
                                participants at the last academy session.)

   1. Please share your thoughts about the topics that were covered in the sessions? Please
      suggest additional topics that you think should be covered in future sessions. (Insert
      comments from completed evaluations)



   2. Rank the following aspects of the sessions (1-3 or 4) in terms of what you feel was most
      beneficial to you. (1 being most beneficial)
___ Knowledge        Ones (#) Twos (#) Threes (#) (insert total number for each)

___ Skills             Ones (#) Twos (#) Threes (#) (insert total number for each)

___ Networking         Ones (#) Twos (#) Threes (#) (insert total number for each)

___ Other (please specify) ________________________________________________

   3. How have you used, or how do you anticipate using, any of the knowledge and skills you
       have gained from the sessions? Please describe in some detail.
      (Insert comments from completed evaluations)



   4. Please share your thoughts on the location where the sessions were held. Was it
      convenient? Was it a comfortable location?
      (Insert comments from completed evaluations)



   5. Please share your thoughts on the scheduling of the sessions and suggest     changes that
      would improve the schedule. For example, would longer sessions offered over a greater
      period of time be more convenient and/or beneficial? Or, rather than 5 separate sessions
      would you find it more convenient and/or beneficial to have fewer sessions such as 1 1/2
      days with an overnight stay? (Insert comments from completed evaluations)




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                           Family Empowerment Sessions Evaluation
                                     (Location & Year)


   6. Please share your thoughts on how the sponsors of the sessions supported your
      participation in the sessions. Was the information you received clear and received in a
      timely manner? Were the sponsors responsive to your requests for assistance, more
      information, etc.? (Insert comments from completed evaluations)


   7. Please suggest ways that the sponsors of the sessions can support you to stay connected and
      receive information regarding special education issues. What kind of follow-up would be
      beneficial to you? (Insert comments from completed evaluations)


   8. These sessions were held in hopes they would prepare you to become more active in the
      education arena. Are there any changes that could be made in the sessions that would
      better assist you in becoming more active? Please describe.
      (Insert comments from completed evaluations)



   9. Rate the Leadership Development Sessions on a scale of 1-10 (one is poor, ten is excellent)

       1       2       3       4         5   6   7      8      9      10

Tens - (insert number)

Nines - (insert number)

Eights - (insert number

Average -

Other comments: (Insert comments from completed evaluations)




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Sample
                      LaSIG Family Stipend Request Form

Family members that are not district/school employees may receive a stipend for their
participation in District/School Improvement Team meetings/activities or family empowerment
sessions. Students are not eligible to receive a stipend. Stipends may be provided as follows:

   $25 - half day meeting/activity
   $50 - all day meetings/activities (a minimum of 6 hours)
   If a family travels at least 25 miles one-way to attend a team meeting/activity the stipend
    will be increased by $20.
This completed form must be returned within one month of the meeting/activity to:
(Insert agency name, address, phone and fax)



Date Submitted:____________________________


___________________________________________________________________________
First Name                                Last Name

___________________________________________________________________________
Address                                                 City                            Zip Code

___________________________________________________________________________
Parish                                           Name of School

___________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone                                       Work Phone

___________________________________________________________________________
Event Attended                                   Date                   Time of Event
(beginning/ending)

___________________________________________________________________________
Location of Event                          Beginning/Ending Mileage (if 25 miles or more one-way)

______________________________________________________________________
District/School Authorizing Signature



Office Use Only: _________Approved Amount ______Initials of staff _______Response Date
(revised 07/01/09)
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